Lec­ture fo­cuses on greater sage-grouse

Times Standard (Eureka) - - LIFESTYLE -

Join mem­bers of the Red­wood Region Audubon So­ci­ety on March 13 for a pro­gram ti­tled “Restora­tion Plan­ning for Greater SageGrouse Pop­u­la­tions” with Beth Fitz­patrick.

The greater sage-grouse is the largest grouse in North Amer­ica, she said, and has been in de­cline across the West, los­ing roughly half its his­toric range since Euro­pean set­tle­ment. How­ever, the species was re­moved from the can­di­date list for fed­eral En­dan­gered Species Act pro­tec­tion due to con­ser­va­tion and man­age­ment ef­forts.

Fitz­patrick is an or­nithol­o­gist, spa­tial ecol­o­gist and lec­turer at Hum­boldt State Univer­sity. Her classes in­clude spa­tial ecol­ogy, pop­u­la­tion ecol­ogy and the prin­ci­ples of wildlife man­age­ment. She will share her work as­sess­ing land­scape char­ac­ter­is­tics on breed­ing site dis­tri­bu­tion and func­tional con­nec­tiv­ity, which are cru­cial el­e­ments of sus­tain­ing ge­netic di­ver­sity in rare and en­dan­gered species.

Re­fresh­ments will be served at 7 p.m. and the pro­gram will be­gin at 7:30 p.m. at the Six Rivers Ma­sonic Lodge, 251 Bay­side Road, Ar­cata.

Bring a mug for shade­grown cof­fee and come fra­grance-free.

RRAS — CON­TRIB­UTED

Pic­tured are two male sage-grouse fight­ing.

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