Support Our Sage Grouse

Sponsored by:

Environmental Resource Center

Project Champion:

Alisa McGowan
alisa@ercsv.org

What are the appropriate grade levels?

6-12

Is there a limit to the number of participants?

2 classrooms

The theme for this project is:

Environment, Fish and Game, Animals

Is there a deadline for this project?

spring

Sage grouse, native ground-dwelling Idaho birds, are currently enduring drastic population declines, due, in large part, to habitat destruction and degradation. Just a few decades ago, 16 million of these birds inhabited the American West; today, however, there may only be 500,000 (Idaho Statesman, 2017). Sage grouse are an indicator species, which means that their health reflects the well-being of their surrounding habitat and the hundreds of other species that depend on it, including elk, mule deer, and golden eagles.

This project will include an introductory lesson on the life history of sage grouse and the challenges they currently face. Students will then take a field trip to a local site assigned by the Idaho Fish and Game to tag fences to make them more visible to sage grouse. When left untagged, fences are difficult for sage grouse to see, often causing injuries or death. Classes will have the opportunity to create a reflective or educational piece about their experiences learning about sage grouse to share with the community if desired.