Greater Sage-Grouse among the Lupine

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Greater Sage-Grouse among the LupineGreater Sage-Grouse among the Lupine

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – Emily Dickinson

If hope is the thing with feathers then I want to heap as much hope as I can find into the future of Greater Sage-Grouse. I’d like to believe that Sage Grouse will still exist in 2050 and steps are being taken to protect these large upland game birds but will it be enough?

Ranchers have begun to take steps that not only help grouse but studies have shown that the cattle benefit from their conservation measures too.  Seems like it would make sense if more ranchers took up the cause.




  1. Humming Bird Lover October 15, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Hi! great photo and we all need to save our free and open lands! also protect all creatures on our earth! Have a great day!

  2. Dave Sparks October 15, 2014 at 3:30 am
  3. CJ Oakley October 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Canadian government issued first time ever emergency protection orders to help save the Greater Sage Grouse and habitat in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan…let’s hope it will be enough.

    Beautiful photo Mia. Thanks for helping raise awareness of the plight of these magnificent birds.

  4. Patty Chadwick October 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

    The trick is to get men to be able and open to learn about thevconsequences and options. Unfortunately, too many cattle ranchers are more “here and now” action oriented…don’t have time, energy or interest in learning and accepting new information (outside of cattle raising practices). Many, not all, are suspicious of even thinking of the broader picture, concerned that you’re trying to talk or trick them out of what they feel is in their best interests. Unfortunately, we are addicted to eating red meat, in spite of all the available information telling us how costly it is to produce ( in land use, pollution from wastes; use, diversion, and pollution from antibiotics),how cruel the practices are and how bad it is for our health. Very sad!!!

  5. Jolanta October 14, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Stunning photo! Thank you 🙂

  6. Ilze Long October 14, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Hope that many people learn of the importance of ALL birds and protect them.
    Thanks for your very inspiring pictures, and I do not use that word often.

  7. Ian Holland October 14, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Great capture!

  8. Dave Sparks October 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I hope she picked a worthy male and that their offspring will still be with us in 2050. I love the setting and the alert pose.

  9. Bob Bushell October 14, 2014 at 5:47 am

    What a beauty.

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