Greater Sage-Grouse, grasses and RabbitbrushGreater Sage-Grouse, grasses and Rabbitbrush

Some mornings I wish I could wake up and only find good news about nature and the non-human inhabitants of this world but sadly it just seems to get worse. These Greater Sage-Grouse images were taken last week in Beaverhead County, Montana. Some of the ranchers there are taking steps to protect these handsome upland birds. I wish everyone was working to save them.

Greater Sage-Grouse adult crossing a roadGreater Sage-Grouse adult crossing a road

Greater Sage-Grouse should already be on the endangered species list but they aren’t. I found out this week that a lek, the location where these large grouse gather for courtship, is in danger of being lost to development in Morgan County, Utah. These upland game birds have suffered a huge decline in population primarily because of habitat destruction.

Greater Sage-Grouse chick crossing a roadGreater Sage-Grouse chick crossing a road

Do we need yet another planned community that will chase these impressive birds off a lek they have used for a very long time to court? Their habit is dwindling, becoming fragmented and these birds are under enormous pressure. Oil fields, fracking and all the construction that goes with them are also placing stresses on the grouse.

We need to remember that humans are not the only inhabitants of this planet.

When is enough already?

Mia

If you can attend the hearing, please do. If you can’t but feel strongly about the loss of this lek email [email protected] and let them know you are opposed.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
INPUT IS REQUESTED BY THE MORGAN COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION REGARDING THE FOLLOWING ITEM SCHEDULED FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON:
THURSDAY, August 14, 2014 @ 6:30 PM
Morgan County Courthouse – 48 West Young Street
Council Chambers
Yaryca Future Land Use Map Amendment: An application for an amendment to the Morgan County Future Land Use Map, redesignating approximately 2980.4 acres currently designated “Natural Resources and Recreation” to “Master Planned Community.”
All interested citizens are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to give written and oral comment. Prior to the hearing date written comments may be sent to:
Morgan County Planning Commission
P.O. Box 886, Morgan Utah, 84050
Additional information may be obtained by contacting
Bill Cobabe, AICP, Zoning Administrator
801-845-4059 or [email protected]