Since the mid-1990s, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has been concerned about the status of the sage-grouse in the state and around the country. In the years since then, steps have been taken to mitigate impacts to grouse in the hope of avoiding further population declines as well as potential listing under the Endangered Species Act.
In 2007, the Big Horn Basin Sage-grouse Local Working Group finalized a conservation plan for sage-grouse in the Big Horn Basin. According to Tom Easterly with Wyoming Game and Fish, “State and federal agencies, along with industry and landowners, continue to take positive steps to reverse downward trends in grouse numbers and sagebrush ecosystems.”
With highlights on habitat projects and recent research in the Big Horn Basin, as well as state- and range-wide efforts, Easterly shares an update on sage-grouse management at the next Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture. The free presentation takes place Thursday, November 7, 12:15 p.m. in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium.
A wildlife biologist with Wyoming Game and Fish since 1992, Easterly focuses his work primarily on big game in addition to game birds. He works with other district biologists to conduct population surveys, compile and analyze harvest data, set big game hunting seasons, and coordinate with private and federal land managers on habitat conservation and improvement projects.
Easterly is the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s representative to the Big Horn Basin Sage-grouse Local Working Group as well as the department’s Cody Region representative to an internal sage-grouse working group. He also works closely with local and statewide Pheasants Forever chapters, and is a liaison to the National Wild Turkey Federation.
For more information on Easterly’s talk and the Draper Museum’s Lunchtime Expedition series, visit the Greater Yellowstone Natural History Programs page. On December 5, Jeremy Johnston presents a program on Ernest Thompson-Seton.
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