This week our Feature focused on The Endangered Species Act and the Sage Grouse Initiative. "In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made a decision that set in motion what many are calling a landmark transformation in how the nation recovers imperiled wildlife," Lisa Seales write. "Ordinarily, the sage grouse's situation might land it on the federal endangered species list, ushering in much-feared land-use restrictions. But the agency declined to list the bird, not because it didn't need protection—listing was warranted, it declared—but because other creatures needed it more. Instead, the agency promised to make a final call on sage grouse by September 30 of this year."
For more information on this topic the article can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/1gsjVDE.
On October 16th, the High Desert Museum opens a new exhibit titled "Sage Grouse: Icon of the Sagebrush Sea." The exhibit follows on the heels of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s determination to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act. A final decision by the agency is expected to be announced in September 2015. Photographer Noppadol Paothong to speak at opening reception on October 16th.
The full press release from High Desert Museum about this exhibit can be seen below.