Ecology of Greater Sage-grouse in the Dakotas

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Authors and Contributors

South Dakota State University - Christopher C. Swanson


Research papers

Research Category

Population Study

Target Species

Greater Sage-grouse

Approximate Completion Date




ecology greater sage-grouse


My primary research objectives for this study were to: 1) estimate annual and seasonal survival rates and evaluate factors that influence survival during their annual life-cycle for breeding-age and juvenile sage-grouse, 2) evaluate factors that influence winter habitat use by sage-grouse, 3) evaluate regional patterns of sage-grouse seasonal movements (e.g., migration, dispersal), 4) evaluate patterns of their seasonal distribution and core seasonal ranges, 5) estimate the timing and distance of natal dispersal by juvenile sage-grouse, and 6) identify patterns of movement, timing, and juvenile survival associated with brood breakup of sage-grouse.