Sagebrush Steppe Critters

Most people think of habitats dominated by sagebrush as flat and boring and something you have to drive through to get somewhere else. I was pleasantly surprised to see the following article this morning about some of the animals we will lose if that habitat is lost.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/09/03/western-sagebrush-is-vanishing-and-these-10-animals-are-just-trying-to-hang-on/

Can you find the magpie photobombing one of the pictures in the article?

PygmyRabbitCI have seen all of the animals mentioned except the pygmy rabbit. Many years ago I was in their home range near Ephrata, WA and saw some droppings and burrows but that was about it. After I was there, a captive breeding program was started and they have been successfully reintroduced in the region.

Here’s an interesting article about the current state of the recovery program.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/outdoors/3254067-151/pygmy-rabbit-revival-takes-a-large-leap-forward

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