In brief: my study is two-fold. It will assess the area for sage grouse nesting and brood-rearing habitat. It will also provide a comparison of an area that is grazed to an area that has not been grazed in 30+ years. Methods will involve locating potential nest sites (one known location from 2007) and collecting vegetation data. At these selected “nest sites” data will be gathered at three spatial scales: site level (“nest site”), area level (20 meter transect), and patch level (100 meter transect). Vegetation cover, grass and shrub height, and visual obstruction will be determined using daubenmire frames (1-meter square at “nest site” and 100x50cm frames every 10 meters), a robel pole, and 100 meter transects North-South and 20 meter transects East-West.
Contact: Jessica Walling-Phillips
Dean Hall 362