Sage-grouse researchers share their data in Elko


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Dylan Woolf Harris
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Elko, NV - June 19, 2014

Sage-grouse experts flocked to Elko this week to exchange the latest scientific data about a bird that has grabbed the attention of agency and industry alike.

Every other year, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies organizes a sage grouse and Colombian sharp tail grouse workshop to discuss everything from the birds’ biology to their ecosystem. The Elko Convention Center hosted the 29th annual event this year.

The gathering began Monday and will continue through today. On Wednesday, participants were invited on a daylong tour to “grouse country,” according to an agenda schedule.

Nevada Department of Wildlife Director Tony Wasley, who attended Tuesday’s symposium sessions, said the workshop brings together the world’s top sage-grouse researchers to collaborate and share their knowledge, information, research and management ideas.

Wasley estimated about 200 people attended Tuesday, with about 60 people each representing federal agencies, state wildlife agencies, and university researchers, with the remainder made up of industry representatives.