The adopt-a-sage-grouse project is designed to increase humanities awareness regarding
about the greater sage-grouse and the sagebrush seas it depends on, and how best we
can work together to conserve it. Many consider the sage-grouse as the icon of the
West and sagebrush seas it depends on as the most imperiled ecosystem on our planet.
What is adopt-a-sage-grouse?
Our scientists have and are deploying global positioning system (GPS) radio-transmitters
on sage-grouse These GPS transmitters are capable of providing 7-9 bird locations
a day. By following sage-grouse through their life cycle, we learn how the bird sees
and uses its habitat, and how it responds to activities or actions that may result
from the human footprint. The adopt-a-sage-grouse project affords will afford this
opportunity to all enabling us to learn together how one species and the choices it
makes in a changing landscape may affect it survival.
Who can participate?
The adopt-a-sage-grouse project is being designed to encourage middle and high school
science and biology class participation. However, the site will be open to everyone
who is interested in learning more about sage-grouse and their conservation.
How -The adoption process
To participate, all one need do is send an adoption request to us through our adopt-a-sage-grouse
website. Once the request is received, we will match you with a sage-grouse that has
been equipped with a GPS collar, a scientist, and a sponsor. The staff member will
provide access to the seasonal curriculum and help guide your learning experience.
Through our website, participants can follow their adopted sage-grouse through its
life cycle and learn from our scientists through regular updates how well it is faring.
How can I help?
The adopt-a-sage-grouse project is administered by the Utah Community-Based Conservation
Program (CBCP) through Utah State University Extension. The CBCP is a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to engaging all stakeholders in conservation. The adopt-a-sage-grouse
project is supported through grants and donations which make the purchase of GPS transmitters
and the work of the scientists possible. To find out more how you can help sponsor
an adoption or school in your area, contact Wayne Smith or Terry Messmer.