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Oregon Field Guide

Sage Grouse


In spring in the high desert country, the male sage grouse puts on a show with a courting ritual that involves puffing up two sacks of air in his fluffy chest and spreading his tail feathers. But when the hens go to nest, very few of their chicks survive. We follow an Oregon State University scientist who is studying the hens, and looking for ways to reverse the decline in sage grouse populations.

First Broadcast: 1992
Producer: Jim Newman

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