Sunday, 24 April 2016 09:00

Alberta’s sage grouse population has grown by 38 birds thanks to a recent translocation from Montana

Written by Michael Short
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Sage Grouse released in Southern Alberta by Alberta Environment & Parks biologist Sage Grouse released in Southern Alberta by Alberta Environment & Parks biologist Photo by Michael Short

The transfer involved a team of biologists from Alberta Environment and Parks, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The birds were captured in Montana and have been released at three mating sites in southeastern Alberta.

Joel Nicholson is a species-at-risk biologist with Alberta Environment and Parks. He is my special guest on this week’s podcast.

Podcast Interview with Joel Nicholson

Sage-grouse are an endangered species in Alberta and require the help of a number of conservation organizations. The Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Fish and Game Association, industry partners and land-owners are working together to ensure sage grouse will have an opportunity to establish a foothold in Alberta.

There are only three breeding sites (Leks) remaining in Alberta

There are only three breeding sites remaining in Alberta. Removing buildings, trees and power poles will help protect new brood stock from predation.

Tentative first steps to freedom of a Sage Grouse hen

Tentative first steps of a sage grouse hen as she takes in her new Alberta home.

 

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