Thunder Feathers: Greater Sage-grouse Strut the Plains

The ATLAS exhibit, Thunder Feathers: Greater Sage-grouse Strut the Plains, opens at the Lander Art Center in Lander, Wyoming from March 17-May 13, 2017.

Friday, March 17, 2017 - Saturday, May 13, 2017
3:00pm - 3:00pm

Melissa Hemkin

Thunder Feathers: Greater Sage-grouse Strut the Plains

March 17, 2017

Thunder Feathers highlights, through arts and sciences, Greater Sage-grouse behavior and sagebrush habitat characteristics.

Sage-grouse are found nowhere except in sagebrush country of the West, with Wyoming holding 37 percent of the U.S. population. Sage-grouse are best known for their spectacular courtship displays on traditional dancing grounds, called leks. It is estimated their population has declined 30 percent since 1985.

Thunder Feathers brings cutting-edge research from the University of California-Davis (UC Davis), Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Cornell University, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Audubon Rockies, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and others to participants through art interpretation. The exhibit consists of 3-D, fiber, oil paint, photography, film, and bioacoustics installations by Wyoming artists covering aspects of the sage grouse life-cycle, ecosystem, and conservation efforts.

Thunder Feathers will travel to the University of Wyoming Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center in Laramie for June and July 2017, and The Science Zone in Casper September through November. Other locations are being scheduled.

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