Idaho Fish and Game wildlife biologist Jack Connelly is
co-editor of a comprehensive volume on sage-grouse.
“Greater Sage-Grouse: Ecology and Conservation of a Landscape
Species and Its Habitats,” was published this year by University of
California Press for the Cooper Ornithological Society.
Connelly is principal wildlife research biologist for the Idaho
Department of Fish and Game and has been researching sage-grouse
for three decades. Co-editor Steven T. Knick is supervisory
research ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and
Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center.
“Here’s everything one needs to know about sage-grouse, but it’s
much more than that. From the probing analyses of sage-grouse
biology, one gains a broader understanding the ecology and
conservation imperatives of sagebrush habitats throughout the
West,” John A. Wiens wrote in a review for University of California
Wiens is chief conservation science officer at PRBO Conservation
Science in Petaluma, Calif., formerly known as the Point Reyes Bird
The book relies on the experiences of 38 researchers and
describes the bird’s population trends, its sagebrush habitat and
limits to conservation. The sage-grouse, once a symbol of the wide
open spaces of the West, has declined across much of its range,
which spans 11 western states and reaches into Canada. The decline
is mostly the result of loss of critical sagebrush habitat from
many causes, including rangeland fire, invasive plants, and climate
change, as well as land uses such as energy development, suburban
expansion and agriculture.
“Today the Greater Sage-Grouse is at the center of a complex
conservation challenge. This multifaceted volume, an important
foundation for developing conservation strategies and actions,
provides a comprehensive synthesis of scientific information on the
biology and ecology of the Greater Sage-Grouse,” says a description
on back cover.
The list price is $95, and the book is available from the
University of California Press at www.ucpress.edu, online
booksellers, or contact local book seller with the title and this
identification number ISBN 978-520-26711-4.