Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Working together to create a healthy and balanced future for the West’s largest ecosystem

Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies

More than 350 species depend on the sagebrush ecosystem, as well as people. Reaching 14 states, sagebrush country is vital bird habitat, but only half of it is left and new demands continue to be placed on it. Audubon’s Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative brings together citizens, industry, government, and NGOs to find pragmatic solutions that balance the needs of people and birds. Join us in conserving this American treasure.

Greater Sage-Grouse display at sunrise.

Greater Sage-Grouse Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies

About The Sagebrush
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

About The Sagebrush

Values, threats, and conservation of America's largest ecosystem

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Sagebrush Resources
Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative

Sagebrush Resources

Learn why the sagebrush needs you and how you can help.

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Cheatgrass, Fire, and Sagebrush
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Cheatgrass, Fire, and Sagebrush

How cheatgrass and other invasives are threatening the very existence of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem.

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Birds of the Sagebrush Steppe

News and Stories

Frustration Abounds Five Years After the Historic Sage-Grouse Agreement
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Frustration Abounds Five Years After the Historic Sage-Grouse Agreement

The federal government hasn't kept up its end of the deal, advocates say, putting the bird back on course for an Endangered Species Act listing.

New Legislation Would Protect Public Input and Hold Oil and Gas Drillers Accountable
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New Legislation Would Protect Public Input and Hold Oil and Gas Drillers Accountable

Two bills introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) increase accountability for oil and gas companies that walk away from their wells and ensure public oversight.

Converse County Energy Project Will Hurt Wyoming, Not Help It
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Converse County Energy Project Will Hurt Wyoming, Not Help It

Flaunting the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a massive oil and gas project threatens wildlife and Wyoming’s economy.

A New Podcast Explores the Complicated World of the Greater Sage-Grouse
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A New Podcast Explores the Complicated World of the Greater Sage-Grouse

Presented by BirdNote and hosted by Ashley Ahearn, the series dives into the past, present, and future of the West's most controversial bird.

Converse County Oil and Gas Project Poses Serious Threats to Raptors, Sage-Grouse
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Converse County Oil and Gas Project Poses Serious Threats to Raptors, Sage-Grouse

Conservation groups protest plan to build 5,000 new wells in critical wildlife habitat.

Court Strikes Down Trump Administration’s Sage-grouse Directive, Canceling Hundreds of Oil and Gas Leases
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Court Strikes Down Trump Administration’s Sage-grouse Directive, Canceling Hundreds of Oil and Gas Leases

Administration violated federal law by leasing sensitive sage-grouse habitat for drilling

Conservation Groups Sound Alarm on Administration’s Continued Assault on Western Values
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Conservation Groups Sound Alarm on Administration’s Continued Assault on Western Values

"The administration is rushing through yet another effort to reduce protections for our shared public lands, and it’s the sage-grouse’s turn, again."

Sage Advice From a Sage-Grouse Expert
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Sage Advice From a Sage-Grouse Expert

Retired wildlife biologist Dr. Jack Connelly speaks up on the importance of sage-grouse habitat protections.

Irresponsible Oil and Gas Leasing Monopolizes Public Lands
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Irresponsible Oil and Gas Leasing Monopolizes Public Lands

The real effects of fire-sale mineral leasing on our shared resources.

Oil Market Woes Raise Concerns That More Wells Will Be ‘Orphaned’
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Oil Market Woes Raise Concerns That More Wells Will Be ‘Orphaned’

When energy companies go bust, taxpayers are often on the hook to clean up abandoned wells that pose environmental hazards.

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