The Gunnison Sage-grouse Festival
April 13, 2013
at Western State College
in Gunnison, Colorado
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Gunnison Sage-grouse proposed to be listed by US Fish and Wildlife Service as an endangered species.
Welcome to Sisk-a-dee
Sisk-a-dee was founded in 2000 to promote the implementation of the Gunnison Sage-grouse Conservation Plan within the Gunnison Basin, Colorado.
Sisk-a-dee is the only organization completely dedicated to
the conservation of the Gunnison Sage-grouse. The Gunnison Basin holds
the largest remaining population of Gunnison Sage-grouse in the world.
As the grouse have declined over the last half century, concerned land
managers, environmentalists, and landowners developed a Conservation
Plan (1995) to restore habitat and populations. Sisk-a-dee has worked
cooperatively with the Gunnison Sage-grouse Working Group to identify
the biological and cultural challenges facing the grouse. Sisk-a-dee
has sought coordination and strategic planning in the implementation
process. Sisk-a-dee works with county, state and federal agencies,
including Western State College of Colorado, and other non-profit organizations,
as well as landowners.
Sisk-a-dee has coordinated the Watchable Wildlife Program for Gunnison Sage-grouse since 2001 in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The Conservation Plan recognizes recreational use of the Gunnison Sage-grouse during the spring lekking season as a viable human activity, but as a potential impact on grouse population status. Since 2000, when the Gunnison Sage-grouse gained species recognition, birders from many parts of the world have visited Gunnison in order to view the grouse. Sisk-a-dee has worked collaboratively with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, Western State Colorado University, and the Gunnison Sage-grouse Working Group to develop protocols for viewing and for monitoring and managing the basin's Watchable Wildlife Program. Currently, Sisk-a-dee works closely with Western State Colorado University to provide a well monitored viewing site for the public and for commercial groups. Students and others are present on the site every morning during the spring viewing season. They also collect data on grouse numbers and behaviors and collect data on human numbers and behaviors. These dedicated individuals also enrich the experience of visitors.
Check out Rebecca Doll’s Blog for daily updates of the Gunnison Sage-grouse activity at the Waunita Watchable Wildlife Site.