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Jun 17, 2015

Barack Obama's administration to save grouse habitat

Photograph: Bob Wick / BLM / Reuters
Greater Sage Grouse
Centrocercus urophasianus
The Greater Sage Grouse is under serious threat in western North America from shrinking habitat.   US. President Barrack Obama's administration plans to protect the habitat by limiting energy companies operating in the bird's habitat, which covers 11 states. There is also a small Canadian population in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.   The Sage Grouse is widely known for its captivating group mating displays in spring.   The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species rates the Sage Grouse as 'Near Threatened' and reports a decreasing population trend.   'Near Threatened' is when a species has been evaluated but does not qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable now, but is close to qualifying or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.
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