Greater Sage Grouse Annotated Bibliography

Annotated bibliography of scientific research on
Greater Sage-grouse published from 2015 to 2019

September 30, 2020

Greater Sage-grouse The Greater Sage-grouse annotated bibliography was developed as a synthesis of scientific information developed since the records of decision were completed for 2015 Bureau of Land Management/U.S. Department of Agriculture plan amendments for Greater Sage-grouse. This site provides summaries of the scientific literature to help understand the potential management implications of this information for the Bureau of Land Management and other Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and State partners.

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter GRSG) has been a focus of scientific investigation and management action for the past two decades, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has reviewed a series of petitions to list the species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The listing petitions were filed as a result of long-term declines in GRSG population numbers and distribution (Schroeder and others, 2004; Knick and Connelly, 2011; Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 2015). These declines are primarily attributed to the loss and degradation of sagebrush habitat from threats including fire, invasive species, and human activity (Connelly and others, 2000; Schroeder and others, 2004; Knick and Connelly, 2011; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2013).

The most recent USFWS listing determination of "not warranted" in 2015 (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2015) was attributed to large-scale collaborative efforts to conserve GRSG populations and their habitat by reducing threats to both. These efforts included amending existing Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service land use plans (such as Bureau of Land Management, 2015a, b) and continuing implementation of the U.S. Department of the Interior (USDOI) Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy (U.S. Department of the Interior, 2015). The large body of scientific literature on GRSG and the species' response to habitat conditions and threats informed both efforts. However, many uncertainties remain in our understanding of how GRSG respond to changes in their environment, and the scientific community has continued to conduct new studies to strengthen the science foundation for GRSG management and conservation.

New scientific information augments existing knowledge and can help inform updates or modifications to existing plans for managing GRSG and their habitat and strategies for alleviating threats to both. However, the sheer number of scientific publications developed over time can pose a daunting challenge for managers tasked with evaluating and determining the need for potential updates to existing planning documents. To assist in this process, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has reviewed and summarized the scientific literature published since the last large-scale GRSG planning effort was completed in 2015. Our first GRSG literature summary was published in Carter and others (2018), and here, we provide an update to that document by adding summaries of articles published between January 6, 2018 and October 2, 2019. Although this annotated bibliography does not replace the need to read the primary literature, we hope that this document will provide a valuable, plain language reference for planners and managers responsible for managing natural resources within the GRSG range.

To download a PDF of this annotated bibliography, click here.

To download a PDF of the associated USGS report, Greater Sage-Grouse Science (2015–17)—Synthesis and Potential Management Implications, click here.