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 2021


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) affects 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. 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 2018-12-31
Foster, L.J., K.M. Dugger, C.A. Hagen, and D.A. Budeau. 2018. Acute Effects of Wildfire on Greater Sage-Grouse Vital Rates. Journal of Wildlife Management 000:000-000, DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21573 2018-09-30
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 2020-02-28
Presentations Presentation Date
Foster, L., C. A. Hagen, D. Budeau, K. M. Dugger. 2015. SURVIVAL, REPRODUCTION, AND HABITAT USE OF FEMALE GREATER SAGE-GROUSE IN A WILDFIRE AFFECTED LANDSCAPE IN SOUTHEASTERN OREGON. The Wildlife Society, Annual Meeting, October 17-21, 2015, Winnepeg, CAN. 2015-10-17
Foster, L., C. Hagen, D. Budeau, and K.M. Dugger. 2014. GREATER SAGE GROUSE RESPONSE TO LARGE SCALE WILDFIRE. Oregon TWS Annual Meeting, February 5-7, 2014, Bend OR. 2014-02-05
Foster, L., C. Hagen, D. Budeau, and K.M. Dugger. 2014. GREATER SAGE GROUSE RESPONSE TO LARGE SCALE WILDFIRE. Oregon TWS Annual Meeting, February 5-7, 2014, Bend OR. 2014-02-05
Foster, L., C. Hagen, D. Budeau, and K.M. Dugger. 2015. Greater sage-grouse survival, reproduction, and habitat use following large-scale wildlife. International Grouse Symposium 2015, Reykjavik, Iceland, Sept 4-7, 2015. 2015-09-04
Foster, L., C. Hagen, D. Budeau, and K.M. Dugger. 2016. Greater sage-grouse adult and nest survival following large-scale wildfire. 30th Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Workshop. Lander, WY, June 13-16, 2016. 2016-06-13
Foster, L., C. Hagen, D. Budeau, K.M. Dugger, and C. Anthony. 2016. Seasonal movements, site fidelity, and resource selection of greater sage-grouse following large-scale wildfire. 30th Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Workshop. Lander, WY, June 13-16, 2016. 2016-06-13
Anthony, C. R., C. Hagen, D. Elmore, and K. M. Dugger. 2018. Influence of fire on the thermal environments of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) communities. Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, 28 January - 2 February, 2018, Sparks, NV. 2018-01-28
Anthony, C. R., C. Hagen, D. Elmore, and K. M. Dugger. 2018. Thermal Environment of Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Nest Sites Following Wildfire. 14th International Grouse Symposium Logan, UT, Sept 24-28, 2018. 2018-09-24
Anthony, C. R., C. Hagen, D. Elmore, and K. M. Dugger. 2018. Thermal Environment of Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Nest Sites Following Wildfire. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference, Eugene, OR, July 12-17, 2018. 2018-07-12
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. 2019-02-27
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. 2020-02-05
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. 2019-09-29
Anthony, C.R., L. Foster, C. Hagen, and K.M. Dugger. 2017. Acute Demographic Response of Greater Sage-Grouse Following a Mega-Wildfire. The Western Section of The Wildlife Society, Reno, NV, February 6-10, 2017. 2017-02-06
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
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. 2020-03-31
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. 2016-06-30