According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, this majestic bird has good reason to celebrate. The greater sage grouse doesn’t require endangered species protection thanks to America’s largest land conservation effort.
Early European settlers reported seeing millions of greater sage grouse take to the skies. But the bird – known for its flamboyant mating ritual (pictured here) – has lost almost half of its habitat since then. During the past five years, an unprecedented conservation effort has taken place across 11 western states to protect the sagebrush landscape and reduce the threats to the sage grouse’s habitat. Because of the conservation efforts now and in the future, the sage grouse no longer faces the risk of extinction and doesn’t require protection from the endangered species act. It’s a huge Wildlife Win, but there is still more work to be done!