Description: The sagebrush ecosystem has been characterized as one of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent. It stretches across 11 western states, covering 175 million acres supporting 350 species of wildlife, including 200 migratory bird species. It is critical habitat for sage grouse, whose populations are about 10% of historic numbers, as well as a number of other bird species endemic to sagebrush- steppe communities. Big Horn Basin cold desert sagebrush communities meet the foothills and montane environments along the eastern Beartooth Front supporting diverse sagebrush plant communities and habitats. Over the course of trip two different species of sagebrush and associated grass and flowering plants will be observed and discussed as well as the habitat they provide for declining greater sage grouse populations and other bird species.
Join retired Forest Service ecologist Jeff DiBenedetto and wildlife biologist Barb Pittman as we discuss these topics along the Eastern Beartooth Front.
Meeting Time and Location: 9am on Robinson Draw Road on the Western edge of the Bighorn Basin, exact location will be sent to folks closer to the hike date.
Group Considerations: We will cap our signups at ten people, and ask folks to remain six feet apart throughout.
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