The Gunnison sage grouse was first identified as separate and unique from other sage grouse in 1970 because of its smaller size and more numerous "filoplumes" -- specialized feathers that can stand up on the bird's neck during its famous mating dances.
In 2000 the Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned to protect the Gunnison sage grouse under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, but it took years of our litigation and tough fighting before the bird -- and more than 1.7 million acres of critical habitat -- were finally proposed for federal protection in January 2013.
Please -- help us make these proposed protections a reality. Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service that you want it to protect the Gunnison sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act, along with all the habitat it needs to survive and, one day, thrive.
March 31, 2013 Action Alert ID# 84
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