Refreshing ‘Ologists: Greater Sage-Grouse in Mono County with Mary MeyerpeterAugust 11th, 2018 by Joslyn, Project Specialist
USGS biological science technician Mary Meyerpeter will be here to discuss her research on the bi-state Greater Sage-Grouse around Mono County. As part of a multi-agency project, Mary and other researchers are translocating the Sage-Grouse from the Bodie Hills to leks (breeding areas) in Parker Meadow.
The bi-state Greater Sage-Grouse are a genetically distinct sub-population that are having a difficult time successfully reproducing on their own. Several factors have led to a decline in the population of the Sage-Grouse but their greatest challenge is a lack of genetic diversity. A small population size, along with infertility issues, has led to inbreeding and fewer nests successfully hatching.
The Parker Meadow sub-population of Greater Sage-Grouse showed a 70 percent chance of going extinct in the next five years, which led to a large effort to find effective ways to increase their reproductive success and conserve their population. The strategy of translocation, which is defined as intentionally gathering animals from one area and releasing them into the wild at a different location, could increase the reproductive success rate of the Parker Meadow Sage-Grouse. This project is a collaborative effort with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, the Bureau of Land Management, the US Geological Survey, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
If you’re interested, join us in the gallery at 4:00pm on Wednesday for this free presentation and snacks!
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