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Re: Re:Pete...incorrect.... In reply to
Nerd? geesh.....if the tag fits? why not a bit of sagebrush science....?

12-15% see someone has that figure......juicy stuff that percent canopy cover...

Yeah the invasive thingy.....combine that with all the other stuff and a bit of West Nile.....
matt.combes@greatbasinenvtl.com
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Re: Sorry Greg....I know of no emoticon... In reply to
showing a smiley wearing a mortar board and those pretty silk rope thingies sitting at the "right hand of God".....

I got a surprising piece of information this week talking with the ass. mgr. of Swanson Hills WMA where the Sharptail and Sage Grouse introductions are going on.....turns out Great Horned Owls are the biggest predator they have and that they tend to target Sage Grouse.....Great Horneds take more Sage Grouse than Coyotes and far more than all of the other avian predators combined the unofficial reason for that being that there are very limited elevated perches in the area and therefore very few Falcons, Ferruginous, Redtails, and Golden Eagles in the area..........add transmission lines from Wind Farms and that all changes.......interesting...

Steve
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Re: Sorry Greg....I know of no emoticon... In reply to
Just remember.....windy farm thingys are green thingy ma bobbers....how dare you say anything against them? Lets all just turn out the lights and go home...
matt.combes@greatbasinenvtl.com
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Re: Re:Pete...incorrect.... In reply to
Those are some cool pics Steve. Great info on the birds too. Hank
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I do not know if I have ever seen a lek in a stubble field...

That suprised me a bit as well until I got a look at the area the birds were hanging out in. In all the areas I studied, leks occured in open patches in the sgaebrush mosaic or in areas where there was black sage instead of the big sage. Out where these birds were there was only winter wheat, wheat stubble, and patches of fairly dense big sage. They were just using the open habitat they had available, not because they like it but because that is all there is. Lek fidelity is strong with these birds so it would be interesting to know what these spots looked like before they were converted to wheat fields.

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Re: "I AM SPARTACUS"...very photo heavy.... In reply to
Yeah, I have wondered about how long they will use an area after being disturbed by AG or other uses.
matt.combes@greatbasinenvtl.com
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Re: sage history In reply to
You may be thinking of russian thistle (tumbleweed). I also know that cheat grass is from europe.
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Re: Sorry Greg....I know of no emoticon... In reply to
Hey Sutton, I'm not trying to push buttons from a previous thread, but when it was legal, my dad shot em' all the time. If the protection acts get reversed. The chickens may stand a chance. Lets start a petition...hahaha
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http://www.usu.edu/...ies/russianthis.html
http://www.usu.edu/...cies/cheatgrass.html

For those of you interested in where Russian thistle and cheat grass came from
matt.combes@greatbasinenvtl.com
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Re: sage history In reply to
That's it! From looking at Matt's links it was Russian Thistle that I remembered aka tumbleweed. Nice to know I wasn't completely off my rocker.


Pete


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Re: Kris..I'm with you ont he Tuna slurping Flying Fish.... In reply to
Steve - Thanks - another bird I have never seen - what a show. The disappearing sage reminds me of how the real prairie grass is very sparse but I have seen some of the true red stuff in Iowa and the Dakotas. You are certainly also right about the show that woodcock put on. Trouble is the light is so low that I doubt many can get a shot of those birds corkscrewing straight up and then twirling all the way to bounce on the ground.
sarge
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Pete...

If not completely off your rocker,,,what proportion is off thy rocker??? I think mine is at least 50% rockered out.......or at least thistled out...


Matt
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Great pics and commentary.