Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Oregon
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Oregon Project


Demographics and habitat use of Greater Sage-Grouse in wildfire-affected habitats in Oregon.

July 2013 - June 2025


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Southeast Oregon contains part of one of the largest contiguous sage-brush steppe habitats remaining within the extant range of greater sage-grouse. During the summer of 2012, several large wildfires included more than 1 million acres of Oregon sage-grouse habitat within their perimeters. In collaboration with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife we designed a long-term study to evaluate acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) effects of large-scale wildfire on female greater sage-grouse demographics and habitat use and selection. Accomplishing these objectives will inform the prioritization of areas for post-fire habitat rehabilitation and restoration, and help identify areas requiring further protection and/or active management to reduce risk of wildfire and ensure sage-grouse population persistence.

Research Publications Publication Date
Foster, L.J., K.M. Dugger, C.A. Hagen, and D.A. Budeau. 2019. Acute Effects of Wildfire on Greater Sage-Grouse Vital Rates. Journal of Wildlife Management 83:121-134, DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21573 January 2019
Foster, L.J., K.M. Dugger, C.A. Hagen and D.A. Budeau. 2018. Potential Effects of GPS Transmitters on Greater Sage-Grouse Survival in a Post-Fire Landscape. Wildlife Biology 2018: wlb.00479 doi: 10.2981/wlb.00479 December 2018
Anthony, C.R., C.A. Hagen, K.M. Dugger, and R.D. Elmore. 2020. The effects of fire on the thermal environment of sagebrush communities. Journal of Thermal Biology 89:102488, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2019.102488">https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2019.102488 February 2020
Presentations Presentation Date
Anthony, C.R., C. Hagen, and K.M. Dugger. 2020. An evaluation of how greater sage-grouse respond to a megafire. Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society's Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2020, Eugene, OR. February 2020
Anthony, C.R., C. Hagen, D. Elmore, and K.M. Dugger. 2019. Out of the sage and into the fire: Thermal niches explain sage-grouse nest success. 26th Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2019, Reno, NV. September 2019
Anthony, C. R., C. Hagen, D. Elmore, and K. M. Dugger. 2018. Thermal Environments: a new approach to explain variation in Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) nest site selection and survival. Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society 2019 Annual Meeting, Feb. 27 - March 1, Bend, OR. February 2019
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Foster, L. 2016. Resource selection, and demographic rates of female Greater Sage-Grouse following large-scale wildfire. M.S. thesis, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. 181 pp. June 2016
Anthony, Christopher R. 2020. Thermal ecology and population dynamics of female greater sage-grouse following wildfire in the Trout Creek Mountains of Oregon and Nevada. Ph.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. 156 pp. March 2020