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Species Assessment for Sage Sparrow (Amphispiza Belli) in Wyoming

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The Sage Sparrow (Amphispiza belli) is a common breeding bird in landscapes dominated by big sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) in western North America. The species prefers large, undisturbed tracts of tall and dense sagebrush. Such habitat is declining across large areas, and many sagebrush obligates such as the Sage Sparrow are showing corresponding declines in distribution and abundance. For example, in Washington over half the native shrubsteppe has been converted to agriculture in the last 150 years (Vander Haegen et al. 2000). In this report, shrubsteppe is defined as an environment with a “…co-dominance of sagebrush and native bunch grass and moderate shrub cover” (B. Walker, personal communication). Shrubsteppe habitat [...]

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WyNDD_2004_Sage_Sparrow_Assessment-1.pdf 2.79 MB

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