Posted on March 17, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Greater sage-grouse. Photo courtesy Brian Currie/Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
State biologists team up with Conservation Colorado to offer wildlife-friendly bird watching
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — From afar, the wide-open sagebrush steppes of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau can look stark and daunting, but each spring, the region comes to life with the mating ritual of greater sage-grouse.
The birds gather in traditional mating grounds, called leks, where the males spread their impressive tail feathers and strut while inflating and popping giant air sacs on their necks to impress the females.
The best available science suggests that greater sage-grouse qualify for endangered species status and studies are under way to develop the best possible conservation plans. (more…)
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Posted on June 20, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
New Forest Service study analyzes outdoor recreation trends.
Forest Service study takes big picture look at outdoor recreation trends
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Outdoor recreation in the U.S. is shifting toward more passive activities, with the biggest growth seen in areas like wildlife watching and photography, according to a new study published by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station.
Traditional activities, including hunting and fishing, were flat, while various forms of skiing, including snowboarding, declined during the 10-year study period from 2000 to 2009.
“Our research shows that, not only are more Americans participating in outdoor recreation, but the number of times they participated in many of the outdoor activities surveyed has grown,” said author and lead researcher Ken Cordell, considered an authority on recreational trends in the United States. (more…)
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