Every spring the male sage grouse of the Mono Basin cackle and coo and shake their tail feathers in an elaborate courting dance. It's a riveting display in this beautiful place, which lies just east of Yosemite National Park.
But now a host of obstacles stand in the way of this rare and highly imperiled "bi-state" sage grouse. Off-road thrillcrafts buzz through and frighten the timid grouse away. Overgrazing by livestock has changed the composition of the plant communities the birds depend on. And energy developers are trying to move in on the birds' ancestral territories.
As a result bi-state sage grouse now face severe habitat fragmentation and dangerously low numbers -- there may be as few as 1,800 remaining.
Eleven years after the Center for Biological Diversity and allies first sought protection for the grouse, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finally proposed Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled bird, along with more than 1.8 million acres of critical habitat.
Please take action now and urge the Service to do the right thing: Protect the dancing birds of Nevada and California.
December 5, 2013 Action Alert ID# 124
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