Baby Sage Grouse in Hand

A one day old sage grouse chick is radio collared and tracked/studied by researcher Nathan Burkpile. At Burkepile's site, hopes focus on hatchlings, who usually don't live past three weeks.....At one time there were an estimated two million birds, but now their numbers are down to around 200,000...Momentum is building to list the sage grouse under the federal Endangered Species Act, but many predict the effort will result in an environmental battle to match the spotted owl/logging debate. The most serious threats to sage grouse habitat are range fires, farming and livestock grazing.