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Greater Sage Grouse 101
Greater Sage Grouse need sagebrush to survive. They use this shrub to hide away from predators, make their nests and for food too! Every spring, males meet up to strut their stuff in a competition to win the hearts of females. The clearings they return to year after year are called lekking grounds. Males woo females with a cool dance; they puff themselves up—their chests fill with air—and then they strut around. These birds can eat so much sagebrush over the winter that by the time spring arrives, they’ve put on a few pounds! Although the Greater Sage Grouse can fly incredibly fast, at up to 80 kilometres per hour, it usually travels by foot.