Greater Sage-Grouse Lek and News on Protections for the Grouse

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Male Greater Sage-Grouse on a cold March morningMale Greater Sage-Grouse on a cold March morning – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 2000, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Two months ago today I was photographing Greater Sage-Grouse displaying on their lek in 21°F weather in Wayne County, Utah. I was mesmerized by the courtship displays I saw in front of me and in awe of these large upland game birds, their history and my personal concerns about their future.

Yesterday the BLM and U.S Forest Service plans were announced that will hopefully provide protection for Greater Sage-Grouse and by way of those protections the rest of the inhabitants of the sagebrush steppe.

Here are a few articles about those plans:

BLM, U.S. Forest Service Plans for Western Public Lands Provide for Greater Sage-Grouse Protection, Balanced Development

U.S. to Limit Petroleum Drilling on Habitat of Greater Sage Grouse

Republican Wyoming on Board With Federal Sage Grouse Policy

Western states decry Obama plan to save greater sage grouse – Utah’s Bishop calls scheme a federal land grab

I find it interesting that Wyoming is on board with these plans but Utah’s Congressmen Rob Bishop thinks this is a “federal land grab”.  Bishop is trying to grab that land from the federal government and wasting Utah tax dollars in the process not the other way around. Pot kettle Bishop?  There are those of us who see right through that cow manure.

This Greater Sage-Grouse lek as here before you Bishop and we will fight to make sure it is there long after you leave office.

I don’t know if these protections will be enough but I think this is good news for the Greater Sage-Grouse the sagebrush steppe and the other animals that call it home.

I figure Bishop and his minions will file a law suit about this plan. Just because they can and not because it is right.

But the tide is changing and more people are willing to fight for what is right and not as many now that will fight to destroy public lands.

Life is good.



  1. LESLIE FOX May 29, 2015 at 5:02 pm


  2. Elephant's Child May 29, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Wonderful news. Hopefully the politicians greedy grab of his own will fail. Which once it wouldn’t have. Most of us are moving in the right direction. Slowly.

    And, as you know, a simply stunning image.

  3. Patty Chadwick May 29, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful shot…love the regal pose and the softly mounded vegetation. Sounds like Utah’s Rob Bishop is one of those morons we now have “representing” us in office!!! That kind doesn’t get it…either because they’re too stupid, too greedy or both….usually both…and too shortsighted. I wonder why so many of these guys are so dumb…..

    • Utahbooklover May 29, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      I think so many politicians are so ignorant and short-sighted because the people who vote them in are too.

  4. Glen Fox May 29, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Incredible image of very beautiful and spectacular bird. Handsome and proud. Long may he enjoy his home! This beautiful image says so much Mia. THANK YOU as always.

  5. Neil Rossmiller May 29, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Thanks Mia,
    We can only hope the plan holds together in Utah through all of Bishops Blather. His BS would better serve a greenhouse than the sagebrush steepe.

  6. Bob Bushell May 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Beautiful, a proud bird.

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