SGI will deliver a symposium at a Ranchers' Forum on Jan. 31st.
SGI staff are spreading the word about sage grouse conservation throughout the western United States! Please send us your upcoming sage grouse event for posting. Send event details to firstname.lastname@example.org
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SGI will host a booth at this prominent event that attracts an estimated 30,000 attendees.
SGI will join more than 650 booths at the sold out exhibit hall.
SGI hosts a booth at the annual gathering for Pheasants Forever--featuring a large trade show and seminars on wildlife conservation, habitat improvement and other topics.
The Wildlife Society- Montana Chapter presents a one-day forum for private landowners and conservation practitioners to share success stories. Tim Griffiths and Dave Naugle will present the Sage Grouse Initiative. Join this cutting-edge conversation and learn more about a new Partners for Conservation Inititiative.
Four Things You Need to Know About Sage-Grouse:An Open House and Discussion for Private Landowners and Agricultural Producers in Western Nevada and Eastern California
Nevada is hosting two open houses - featuring SGI participating landowners and NRCS staff.
The Intermountain West Joint Venture (www.iwjv.org), in partnership with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (WAFWA) Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Technical Committee (Tech Committee), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service is seeking proposals for the development of a guidance tool for resource managers to utilize when considering whether or not treatment is necessary, and/or justified, in sagebrush habitats for the benefit of Greater Sage-grouse.
Dubois Grouse Days (Fostering Partnerships for Grouse Conservation) is a conservation and educational experience to celebrate the shrub-steppe ecosystem and the distinctive animals which live there. A two-day event featuring wildlife presentations, photography blinds for Greater Sage-Grouse, great food and fun. Also included are guided tours to grouse breeding grounds (leks) to view the Greater Sage-Grouse courtship. Proceeds from the event support local conservation projects and educational activities, including one college scholarship for a graduating senior from the surrounding community.
View a short video of displaying male sage grouse on a lek, featured on the Grouse Days website.
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Fergus and Petroleum County Conservation Districts are hosting a workshop entitled “The Birds & The Beef – Livestock & Rangeland Resources” on May 10,starting 3:30 p.m. in Grass Range in the Wrangler Bar: See page 2 of The Montana Conservationist (MACD) May 7 newsletter for the agenda for the evening. Contact info: 406-429-6646 or 406- 538-7401 x117.
The Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group presents an open house and discussion developed for private landowners and agricultural producers.
Presenters: Duane Coombs – Smith Creek Ranch, Jesse Bratz – Squaw Valley Ranch, Mitch and Rhonda Heguy – Heguy Ranch, Pete and Sam Mori—Mori Ranch
Learn More About:
- Assistance available to YOU and how you can benefit your private lands by enhancing sage-grouse habitat
- Success and challenges landowners have encountered utilizing these programs
- How sage-grouse conservation is compatible with ranching and private lands
- Why meadows, springs, and sagebrush habitat are important for sage-grouse
- 3:00 Socializing and Information Sharing
- 3:30 Welcome and Introductions
- 4:00 Landowners Perspectives
- 5:30 Informal Discussions & Refreshments
The South Dakota Grassland Coalition invites you to take a journey to view the abundant populations of birds that make their home in sagebrush country near Belle Fourche, SD.
While on the two-day tour, you’ll watch and record bird species, hear presentations from land owners and conservation experts, and you’ll learn first-hand how management practices are benefitting both livestock and wildlife associated with sagebrush landscapes.
Volunteer event: The Nature Conservancy
Wildlife unfriendly fences can change movements, act as barriers, or be a source of entrapment for wildlife. Working in the Centennial Valley of southwest Montana, “Hero for a Day” volunteers will reduce this risk for sage grouse and many other kinds of wildlife through the modification and removal of barbed wire fence. At key locations, barbed wire will be removed from fence post and the wire rolled and stacked for disposal. The fence improvements completed during the “Hero for a Day” will significantly increase the amount of wildlife friendly fence in the Centennial Valley.
“Hero for a Day” volunteers should bring work clothing, including: leather gloves, long pants and shirts, and eye protection. (Some gloves and eye protection will be provided, but we won’t have enough for everyone.) Please also bring a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and all-weather clothes.
Lunch will be provided.
The 2012 Biennial Workshop will feature an opening Plenary Session, followed by General Session Technical Papers, a Poster Session, Field Trip, and Banquet at scenic Steamboat Ski Resort. SGI will be showcased at this event.
The Intermountain West Joint Venture (www.iwjv.org) is seeking proposals for the development and implementation of a research project to assess Sage Grouse Initiative benefits to mule deer and create spatial tools that guide future conservation actions to maximize benefits to both sage-grouse and mule deer.
Launched in 2010, the NRCS Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) is a highly targeted and science-based landscape approach to delivering enough of the right conservation practices in the right places to elicit a positive sage-grouse population response to management. SGI uses dedicated Farm Bill conservation program funds at appropriately large scales to alleviate threats that otherwise fragment habitats, the primary reason for the species ‘candidate’ designation under the federal Endangered Species Act. SGI targets Farm Bill resources to high sage-grouse abundance centers, or ‘core areas’, to maintain large and intact habitats rather than providing palliative care to small and declining populations. The SGI Strategic Watershed Action Team (SWAT) was established to strengthen NRCS capacity to implement SGI. The SWAT builds field capacity, strengthens the science guiding SGI, and bolsters communications capacity – all through partnerships that leverage the NRCS SGI funding and significant contributions from other sources.
In a recent collaborative effort, SGI and partners developed build-out scenarios to simulate future energy and residential development to measure the efficacy of conservation actions for protecting sage-grouse populations. This approach quantifies how much sage-grouse population loss can be averted through conservation action and how spatial targeting can help maximize return on investment. The analysis reveals that statewide sage-grouse populations will decline by 14-29% without conservation strategies implemented. But findings also show that Wyoming’s core area policy and $250 million in targeted conservation easements cuts anticipated losses by nearly half statewide and reduces losses by two-thirds within sage-grouse high abundance areas. This winning strategy provides a framework to guide the quantity and placement of future conservation work, so that policy makers and practitioners can work together to maintain habitats that support healthy wildlife populations.
While the focus of SGI is the sage-grouse, NRCS fully embraces a multi-species approach and mule deer are the vanguard of public support for landscape conservation in the West. Similar and overlapping habitat needs make mule deer conservation work an effort on which SGI can reliably expand its partnership. Assessing the outcomes of SGI benefits to mule deer will enhance targeting of existing Farm Bill resources to mutually benefit both deer and grouse.
Research Project Objectives
The overarching goal of this project is to assess SGI benefits to mule deer and create spatial tools that guide future conservation actions to maximize benefits to both sage-grouse and mule deer. Specific objectives to be accomplished in reaching this goal include:
(1) Identifying specific landscape attributes that characterize corridor use by migrating mule deer.
(2) Applying landscape attributes used by mule deer to identify predicted migration corridors across Wyoming.
(3) Surveying game biologists to populate newly created corridor maps with estimates of deer abundance.
(4) Quantifying proportion of corridors and mule deer populations likely to be impacted by future energy and residential impacts.
(5) Assessing effectiveness of sage-grouse conservation strategy at reducing impacts to mule deer by quantifying averted losses to migration routes and populations.
(6) Developing and disseminate GIS databases that describe areas which receive protection under the sage-grouse core area policy and are also important to mule deer.
Tasks/Deliverables & Timeline
Final products are to be completed by August, 2014. Each applicant should include in its proposal a detailed description of the steps it will take, including timelines and milestones, to meet this deadline.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Experience
The successful candidate must demonstrate that his or her team has a demonstrated working knowledge of and proven track record in the following:
1) Sage-grouse and mule deer ecology, landscape ecology, habitat conservation approaches and methods;
2) Peer-reviewed science, including ability to access and use scientific information as a basis for the decision structure;
3) Technical and popular writing, with a high level of attention to detail and willingness to proof completed work to ensure accuracy;
4) GIS, statistical, and biological capability to model large scale mule deer movements;
5) GIS expertise and proven Random Forests computer programmer to model grow out scenarios necessary to quantify biological costs/benefits of different conservation outcomes;
6) Wyoming Governor’s sage grouse core area policies so that can be incorporated into scenario planning and outcome assessments;
7) Oil and gas, wind energy, and subdivision impacts to create realistic short- and long-term grow out scenarios for Wyoming;
8) Linking resource selection functions with large spatial databases to identify statewide migration corridors;
9) USDA conservation easement programs and easement contracting to link easement costs with return on biological investments;
10) Technical background and human relationships necessary to create a statewide database of mule deer abundance for identified corridors;
11) Ability to communicate effectively and maintain a high level of professionalism with members of partner agencies and organizations;
12) Ability to work independently, take initiative, and support a team environment; and
13) Ability to catalyze effective implementation of administrative tasks through team-oriented administrative problem solving and timely completion of assigned tasks;
The Project Contractor will provide services to the IWJV through an approximate 2-year agreement with Pheasants Forever. The successful candidate will be required to maintain liability insurance unless the contractor is a government agency.
How to Apply
Applicants shall submit the following materials in electronic format (MS Word or PDF) to Dave Smith, IWJV Coordinator, at email@example.com, and Dave Naugle, University of Montana, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 24th, 2012.
- Cover Letter
- A written description of the contractor’s knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the primary duties and responsibilities described above. The written responses shall be limited to no more than 3 pages.
- CV for each of the members of the applicants on the project team.
- A detailed project budget outlining partner match and total project costs.
The Sage Grouse Initiative is seeking to retain the services of a full-time communications specialist to write articles, carry out strategic communications; write content for, improve, and manage the SGI website and Facebook page; plus other services as described in the attached RFP. The specialist will provide the services to the Intermountain West Joint Venture. The contract length is 12 months. Deadline for the application is October 3, 2012.
If you have the following knowledge, abilities, and experience, submit your materials to us by September 25th, 2012. The RFP (with the required application process) is attached.
- Demonstrated skills in popular writing and editing.
- Experience developing Website, Facebook, or E-Newsletter content.
- Training in the field of writing or communications.
- Knowledge of migratory birds, other wildlife, and/or habitat conservation.
- Ability to communicate effectively and maintain a high level of professionalism with members of partner agencies and organizations.
- Ability to work independently, efficiently, take initiative, and support a team environment.
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The Wildlife Society 19th Annual Conference is taking place in the Rose City of Portland, Oregon, October 13-18, 2012. The conference will be held at the Oregon Convention Center.
Early Bird Registration Promotion – When you complete an early bird registration by August 3, 2012, you will not only get the Early Bird Registration discount, but will also be automatically entered in the Early Bird Promotion for a chance to win one of two (2) iPads! Winners will be selected at random and will be notified by email along with being announced in the August issue of The Wildlifer.
In February 2013, the Alberta Prairie Conservation Forum (PCF) and the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB) will jointly host the 10th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference (PCESC) in Red Deer, Alberta. The PCESC is a forum to discuss the latest issues, information, research and trends in maintaining or enhancing prairie and species conservation. The conference will bring together decision-makers, researchers, community and grass-roots groups including farmers, ranchers, First Nations and other private citizens who have an abiding interest in sustaining prairie environments.
The conference theme, “Engaging People in Conservation”, recognizes past efforts, supports the identification of current issues, and identifies future opportunities to achieve success with prairie conservation and endangered species management. The PCF and ASPB invite you to submit abstracts that describe recent challenges and new approaches to research, conservation and stewardship in the prairies. The PCESC aims to address the science and socio-economic factors in prairie conservation and apply these to decision making.
Share your successes and challenges, facilitate new ideas, and contribute to the discussion! Contributions could focus on, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Socio-economic (e.g., ecological goods and services, stakeholder engagement, etc.)
2. Biophysical (e.g., land, plant communities, species at risk, water, wetlands, etc.)
3. Land Management and Restoration (e.g., easements, reclamation, etc.)
4. Industrial/Agricultural Perspectives (e.g., ranching, oil and gas, wind, etc.)
5. Policy, Current Regulations and Professional Practice
6. Land Use/Regional planning
The 2013 PCESC Conference Committee welcomes presentation and poster abstract submissions for review. Acceptance of the contributions will be based on originality of the work, relevance to the conference topic(s), and overall submission quality.
An abstract should follow the format outlined below and be submitted electronically to email@example.com by October 29, 2012 for review. If you do not receive email confirmation that your submission was received within five business days, please contact the abstract coordinator at ManageWise at (780) 434-5765.
Please note that the cost of preparing the presentations and attending the conference will be at the applicant’s expense.
Abstract Format for the 10th PCESC
Title: Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, and species names. Species names should be spelled out at first use. Italicize scientific names of organisms.
Authors: Author's names will appear in ALL CAPITAL letters, using first initial(s) and full last name.
Affiliations: Each author should be listed by institution, department, division and country. Please state if the author/s are Professional Biologists (P.Biol. or R.P.Biol)
Abstract Text: Abstracts should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. Each abstract may contain up to a maximum of 300 words, including title, author's name and affiliations, and the abstract text. Use 12 point Times New Roman font for text and symbol font for special and scientific characters.
Presentation Talk or Poster: Identify whether your abstract for consideration is for a talk (approx. 15 minutes) or poster. If you are submitting an abstract for a presentation, please also indicate if you’d be willing to present your topic as a poster should the Program Subcommittee be unable to accommodate your topic. Proceedings of the conference will be published in 2013. Please indicate if you plan to submit a manuscript about your presentation (talks and posters). They will be due at the start of the conference, 19 February, 2013.
Justification for 10th PCESC: Please explain how the proposed presentation or poster will complement your chosen conference topic.
ANNOUNCEMENT Sage Grouse Initiative Range and Wildlife Conservationist Application Deadline: November 9, 2012 Location: Ely, Nevada Anticipated Start Date: December 2012
Overview: This position is part of a collaborative effort among the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV), Nevada Department of Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Pheasants Forever to further the delivery of the NRCS Sage Grouse Initiative. This position provides range /wildlife technical assistance for the Sage Grouse Initiative and associated Farm Bill conservation programs to agriculture producers and landowners. This position will be an employee of Pheasants Forever Inc. with daily instruction and leadership provided by the NRCS State Conservationist and District Conservationist.
- Provide technical assistance (wildlife biology and range conservation focus) and guidance to landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations (NGO’s) and others. Training will be provided by NRCS, IWJV, Pheasants Forever, Nevada Department of Wildlife and other local and state agencies.
- Coordinate and implement funding and technical support to landowners and land management agencies using sound science for habitat management, protection and restoration achieved through close coordination with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
- Coordinate integration and application of biological sciences within the conservation programs in cooperation with the local NRCS District Conservationist and others and consistent with the Field Office Technical Guide.
- Complete conservation plans and maps, contracts, applications and other required documentation for Farm Bill conservation programs (i.e. EQIP, WHIP, FRPP, GRP, CRP and WRP) requiring biological and rangeland science expertise in cooperation with the partners.
- Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility, and develop contracts/plans for applicants enrolling in USDA conservation programs or other state and local conservation programs for the protection, restoration and enhancement of sage grouse habitat.
- Coordinate and participate in field work activities for sage grouse habitat project implementation and work with agricultural producers and the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
- Perform other related duties as assigned. Including marketing and public outreach regarding SGI
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
- Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
- Knowledge of range science and wildlife ecology including the ability to develop prescribed grazing plans that include wildlife habitat management objectives.
- Able to obtain USDA Security Clearance and NRCS Conservation Planning certification.
- Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills.
- Valid driver’s license.
- A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rangeland Science or Wildlife Biology/Management from an accredited university with an emphasis on developing prescribed grazing systems and course work and/or experience on integrating wildlife management principles into the management systems.
- Knowledge of computer skills is required and applicant should be familiar with Word and Excel.
- Ability to use ArcMap and Toolkit would be beneficial.
- Physical ability to; stand and walk for extended periods of time over rough terrain; lift and move material weighing up to 50 pounds; work in all types of weather conditions.
Training and Experience Guideline: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field and/or related field experience.
Salary: $36,000 – $40,000 + Health Benefits and Retirement Package
To Apply: Visit our website at: www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs
ONLY ON LINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please include your cover letter, resume and 3 references as 1 word document or PDF file on the Recruitment website; name the file as follows: Last-First-Resume (i.e. Smith-John-Resume.doc).
Pheasants Forever is a an equal opportunity employer
SMITH VALLEY, Sept. 13 – Improved habitat management to protect sage-grouse will be the topic at a symposium hosted by the Nevada Section, Society for Range Management (NvSRM), Oct. 30-31, in Minden, Nev.
“We’re inviting everyone interested in what is being done to protect sage-grouse to attend,” said Chris Jasmine, NvSRM president.
The forum will showcase conservation efforts by landowners, stimulate discussion and exchange of information and technology, and create an opportunity to increase public awareness of the status of the sage-grouse. The Bi-State Local Area Working Group will present the 2012 Bi-State Action Plan and discuss the September 2013 listing deadline. Biologists from Nevada and California will present their research findings. Representatives from agriculture and conservation organizations, federal and state agencies, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, California Department of Fish and Game, US Geological Service and others will be on hand.
“You’ll be amazed at the proactive efforts ranchers and private landowners are making to keep the sage-grouse from being listed as an endangered species,” said Jasmine. “In the bi-state area alone, which is along the Nev./Calif. border, 86 separate habitat improvement projects that cover an area of 33,400 acres have been installed. Over 14,000 acres pinyon and juniper trees have been removed on invaded rangelands. Numerous miles of fence have been retrofitted with fence markers. Land exchanges and conservation easements have preserved over 18,000 acres just to protect the bird and its habitat for decades to come.”
The two-day symposium starts at 8:00 am at the Carson Valley Inn. Registration is $35.00 and includes refreshments. No advance registration is required.
The NvSRM Awards Banquet will be held on Oct. 31, for an additional cost of $30. Banquet reservations must be made by Oct. 15.
For more information, call Cub Wolfe at 775-465-9099 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Montana Association of Conservation Districts will feature a breakout session about sage grouse conservation, featuring three range conservationists in Montana. About 200 attendees from across the state are anticipated to attend.
The Intermountain West Joint Venture is seeking a graphic designer for the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) 2012 annual report. The designer will work with Deborah Richie, SGI Communications, who will write text, edit, and supervise the project through completion. The annual report will be highly visual, with compelling photographs and eye-catching fonts. The report will circulate at high levels – in Congress, among directors of agencies, corporations, nonprofits and more. It must be professional and rise to the top of the array of reports that come through their doors.
In addition to the annual report, the designer will produce a template for a two-sided, one-page, full color insert for state accomplishments. The template will have the same look as the annual report, with boxes for graphics and text. Some generic text will be part of the template. Deborah Richie will provide any necessary logos or generic photos and oversee this project as well.
The IWJV is looking for a designer willing to work with the writer early on in the project and to be involved through production to assure high quality printing.
Please see http://www.nature.org/media/california/california-annual-report-2012.pdf; this is the model for the SGI annual report.
The IWJV will strive for a similar look with bold, big and colorful photos that reflect the sagebrush ecosystem and the feel of the western prairies, working lands, and wildlife; please see http://wsgalt.org/ for a western feel example.
One two-page spread will feature statistics and will require a readable layout for acreages, fences, etc.
36 pages, including front and back covers
IWJV will provide:
- All photographs in high resolution
- Any other graphics (logos)
- All text
- Proofing of text
- Proofing of layout
Graphic Design Contractor will provide:
- Electronic files delivered to IWJV in both low-resolution “file-share” that matches The Nature Conservancy design shown via this link: http://www.nature.org/media/california/california-annual-report-2012.pdf
- High-resolution format for hard-copy printing
- December 17, 2012 – January 7, 2013: Designer to work on a mock-up of the design, based on initial outline & low-resolution photos, working closely with writer
- January 7, 2013: Final text/photos delivered to designer for layout
- January 14, 2013: Draft layout ready for client to review
- January 18, 2013: Review/changes sent to designer for final
- January 22, 2013: Final printer-ready version of annual report and template for two-page insert completed; final version provided to printer; sharable PDF provided to IWJV
Knowledge, Abilities & Experience
1) Ability to efficiently and professionally design and produce annual reports with conservation or wildlife themes.
2) High level of attention to detail and willingness to proof completed work to ensure optimum accuracy.
3) Experience working with agencies and conservation organizations on publications that showcase their work and reach high-level audiences.
The funds for this contract are of federal origin, managed by the IWJV through a Cooperative Agreement with Pheasants Forever, Inc. As such, the Contractor will provide services to the IWJV through a Consultant Agreement with Pheasants Forever, Inc. The agreement(s) will specify that the relationship between the Contractor and Pheasants Forever, Inc., is that of an independent contractor. The IWJV encourages applications by entities registered as a Minority Business Enterprise and/or Women-owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE).
Applicants shall submit a proposal in an electronic format (MS Word or PDF) to Ali Duvall, IWJV Assistant Coordinator, at email@example.com, and Deborah Richie, SGI Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 11, 2012. Please contact Ali Duvall at (406) 329-3186 if you have any questions.
- Cover letter
- Cost proposal
- Resume with a minimum of three (3) references
- Two (2) to three (3) samples of relevant work, including at least one annual report
Hear about the 2013 Sage Grouse Initiative program offered
through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Assistance with firebreak rehabilitation
Receive an update on the Sage Grouse population in Lincoln
County from Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists.
Opportunity to get your sage grouse questions answered!!
Sage Grouse Conservation Coordinator: Deadline Dec. 21, 2012
Located in Bend, implement a sage grouse conservation strategy for Oregon, in consultation with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies.
For more information, see job posting at www.dfw.state.or.us/hr.
Contact: Apply online at: www.dfw.state.or.us/hr
You must apply online. E-mailed, mailed, faxed or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.
The Great Basin Consortium is pleased to announce its second annual conference on January 14-16, 2013 at Boise State University.
The Great Basin Consortium is a consortium of partners whose vision is to coordinate and collaborate on science delivery to achieve sustainable and resilient Great Basin ecosystems and human communities. Our mission is to increase communication and coordination among the partner organizations in order to enhance the effectiveness of their research, management, outreach and funding activities.
This year’s conference will cover updates from all participant organizations in the consortium and will discuss current and emerging issues in the Great Basin Region, such as:
- Invasive Annual Grasses
- Managing for Resilience
- Vision for the Future
Some projects in the area will also be presented:
- Utah/Nevada Partners for Conservation and Development
- Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project
- Central Basin & Range Rapid Eco-regional Assessment
- Cheatgrass – Modeling and Expansion.
There will be a poster session and reception on Monday night (01/14). The conference will wrap up on Tuesday with a panel discussion on the challenges of the 2012 fire season.
Hope to see you there!
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The SRM 2013 Annual Meeting will be held, Feb. 2-8, 2013, in the heart of Oklahoma City, specifically in Bricktown, a progressive, culturally diverse part of Oklahoma City. The slogan for OKC is: "Native America,Native Rangelands," with the theme being "The Future of Rangeland Fire in a Changing World."
Please visit the website and download the program for details.
Look for the Sage Grouse Initiative booth at Pheasant Fest 2013 and take time to chat with Jeremy Maestas, Sam Lawry, and a couple of our SGI-SWAT staff that will be taking turns sharing SGI latest news. Pheasants Forever is a leading SGI conservation partner.
Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is a trade show that will focus on wildlife conservation, upland game bird hunting (pheasant and quail), dog training, and wildlife habitat management and restoration. In connection with the trade show, Pheasants Forever will hold seminars on habitat improvement, pheasant hunting, shooting sports, wild game cooking, dog training, conservation and lots more!
The Mule Deer Foundation and Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife are converging in Salt Lake for the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo: featuring 500 guides, outfitters and manufacturers, free seminars, and for music- The Oak Ridge Boys.
LOOK FOR THE SAGE GROUSE INITIATIVE BOOTH AT THIS YEAR'S UPCOMING ELK CAMP FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION. DAVE NAUGLE (SGI NATIONAL SCIENCE ADVISOR) TIM GRIFFITHS (SGI NATIONAL COORDINATOR) AND CHRIS YARBROUGH (SGI RANGE AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST) WILL BE MANNING THE BOOTH.
From the RMEF Website:
What's new for Elk Camp 2013?
We're headed to Las Vegas, Nevada, February 28 - March 3
This year we've put together an exciting All Events registration package for those looking to experience everything Elk Camp 2013 has to offer. A Monarch Package includes:
- Entrance into all Elk Camp events—no á la carte purchase necessary
- Monarch-only drawing for a fully guided and outfitted Montana elk hunt
- Monarch-only drawing for a Coleman Outfitter 700 – UTV (valued at $9,000) brought to you by Cabela's & Coleman Powersports
- Automatic entry into Monarch-only raffle for a Browning B78 Sporter 300 H&H (valued at $1,500) and a Smith & Wesson Model 686 .357 Mag (valued at $932)
- Two Rifle Raffle tickets per registrant ($30,000 in prizes)
- Premier reserved seating for Friday and Saturday auctions, and choice seating for Thursday and Saturday evening events
Includes all events except Volunteer Fun Night and Friends of the Foundation Breakfast. You can purchase those items separately using the á la carte menu. Imperial registrants get access to reserved seating for Thursday and Saturday evening events only (when they register prior to Jan. 15).
This year, reserved seating will be available for those registering for the Monarch and Imperial packages only. Reserved seating is only open until Jan. 15, so make your reservations now!
Join us on the Strip
This year we're streamlining our events so you will be able to enjoy them with ease! The evening events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will take place at our exciting new host hotel — The Mirage! It is an amazing MGM resort property on the famous Las Vegas strip. Please see the link above for room block information.
All daytime events (with the exception of the Friends of the Foundation breakfast) will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Auctions, exhibit hall, calling contest, seminars and much more—all in one place!
This year we're kicking off Elk Camp with a bang! We invite all registered attendees to join us for a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, February 27, at The Mirage. We'll have food, beverages,live music and a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones!
Join CEC, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the Wilderness Society, Rocky Mountain Wild and the Friends of Northwest Colorado for our Greater Sage Grouse Dance Viewing Tour.
The tours offer an opportunity to view male Greater Sage Grouse strutting their stuff to attract mates. The unique courtship starts as male sage grouse inflate air sacks on their chests while dancing on their ancestral breeding ground (called a "lek").
Don't miss out on this rare and amazing chance to see one of the West's most iconic animals!
April 5-8, 2013
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or call 970-824-5241
Meghann Durbrow and the Natural Resources Conservation Services are hosting an informational meeting for the public on sage grouse at the Weed and Pest building on South Bench Road on March 21 from 6-8 p.m. It will include ways Sublette County residents can get involved in the species’ protection, as well as an explanation of the Sage Grouse Initiative. Durbrow is working to arrange a field trip for those who attend to see a lek during mating season.
Feathered Friends on the Landscape
The Sublette County Conservation District in conjunction with the NRCS Sage Grouse Initiative and the Sublette County Extension Office are offering a workshop about Greater Sage-grouse. The workshop will feature guest speaker Lynn Gemlo with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, who will be speaking about the Endangered Species Act in general terms and how it pertains to sage-grouse.
The workshop will be on Thursday, March 21 from 6 – 8 pm at the Sublette County Weed and Pest office located at 12 South Bench Road, Pinedale. Other topics to include; basic life history and habitat requirements, programs in Sublette county to benefit the bird, state and local requirements as well as rangeland management to benefit sage-grouse and other wildlife.
Workshop participants will have an opportunity to join us at dawn one morning in early April to visit an active lek during the peak-breeding season. Participants can expect to experience a brilliant display by the males as they attempt to lure a female. Participation in the workshop is required for the lek viewing.
Please contact Meghann Durbrow at email@example.com , 367-2257 X 113 or Windy Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 367.4380 for more information. Or, visit the Extension website at http://www.wyomingextension.org/sublettecounty/?page_id=20 to view the workshop agenda. Updates will also be available at the Conservation District’s facebook site as we get closer to the workshop https://www.facebook.com/#!/SubletteCD?fref=ts
Grouse Days: Celebrating 11 Years!
Become one of the fortunate few to experience the magic of the Greater-Sage grouse during the- Dubois Grouse Days Festival!!
Dubois Grouse Days is a conservation and educational experience to celebrate the shrub-steppe ecosystem and its wildlife. A two-day event features wildlife presentations, photography blinds for Greater Sage-Grouse, great food and fun. Also included are guided tours to grouse breeding grounds (leks) to view the Greater Sage-Grouse courtship. Proceeds from the event support local conservation projects and educational activities, including one to two college scholarship(s) for a graduating senior from Clark or Jefferson County.