Save the Gunnison Sage-Grouse From Human Encroachment

Target: Martha Williams, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect the Gunnison sage-grouse and its fragile sagebrush ecosystem.

The Gunnison sage-grouse, an emblematic bird species native to Colorado’s sagebrush landscape, confronts an existential threat. As it contends with habitat degradation and fragmentation, coupled with increasing human encroachment, its survival hangs in a precarious balance. Projections reveal a grim future without swift intervention.

Historically, this species thrived amidst the pristine sagebrush expanses of Colorado. Today, the story is different. Urbanization, agricultural expansion, and energy development exert relentless pressure on its habitat. Fragmentation of the sagebrush ecosystem hinders the Gunnison sage-grouse’s mobility and disrupts mating and nesting patterns. These challenges imperil its population and genetic diversity.

Scientific consensus underscores the urgency of safeguarding this species and its habitat. The Gunnison sage-grouse is more than an avian icon; it’s an indicator of sagebrush ecosystem health. Protecting it reverberates positively across a multitude of interconnected species and environmental processes.

Support the effort to secure the future of the Gunnison sage-grouse and its sagebrush habitat. Sign the petition below to demand comprehensive protection measures and policies.


Dear Director Williams,

The Gunnison sage-grouse, an iconic inhabitant of Colorado’s sagebrush plains, faces an uncertain future. Human activities continue to encroach upon its fragile habitat, pushing this remarkable species closer to the brink of extinction.

It is imperative that we act decisively to conserve the Gunnison sage-grouse and the delicate sagebrush ecosystem upon which it depends. Comprehensive protection measures are not only vital for the survival of this species, but also essential to maintaining the ecological integrity of the region.

We urge you to prioritize the preservation of the Gunnison sage-grouse by implementing and enforcing stringent protection policies. By doing so, we can ensure that this iconic bird continues to grace Colorado’s landscape and that the sagebrush ecosystem thrives, benefiting both wildlife and the environment.


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