Wildlife Bytes: 10 Ways Farmers and Ranchers Can Help Monarchs / Brush Management and Other Forestry Practices / Sage Whiz Quiz

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Wildlife BytesMonarch

10 Ways Farmers and Ranchers Can Help the Species

The monarch is one of the most familiar butterflies in North America, known for its annual, multi-generational migration from overwintering sites in central Mexico and coastal California to as far north as Canada. But populations of the black-and-orange butterfly have decreased significantly over the past two decades.


America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are voluntarily combating the decline of monarchs by adding and maintaining high-quality monarch habitat on their land. And NRCS is helping!


Learn about the different practices available through NRCS.

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Brush Management

Brush Management: One Way to Manage for Healthy, Diverse Forests


 Managing for healthy, diverse forests benefits wildlife and forestry operations. People have found that through assistance from NRCS, they can regenerate a more valuable stand of trees. Brush management is one of the many sustainable forestry practices that NRCS offers.

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Sage Grouse Chick

Sage Whiz Quiz | What Do You Know About Sage Grouse Chicks?

Did you know that sage grouse hens lay 6-10 eggs in ground nest, typically beneath a sagebrush? Find out fun facts about our favorite baby birds, and test your natural history knowledge!


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Patch Burning

New Research: Fire and Grazing Reduces Wildfire Fuels, Helps Prairie-Chickens

New research shows that by pairing prescribed fire with grazing, range managers significantly reduce wildfire fuels.

The fire-grazing treatment — known as patch-burning — also produces the mosaic of diverse grassland habitat that’s just right for lesser prairie-chickens and other wildlife.


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Prescribed Grazing

BEEF: Rest-rotation Grazing Helps Sage Grouse Survival


Rested pastures with plentiful bugs are a good deal for cattle and sage grouse alike. Preliminary findings of a Montana State University study after two field seasons reveal that the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative rest-rotation grazing effort is working when it comes to boosting the abundance of arthropods.

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Bugle Magazine

Bugle Magazine: Sage Grouse + Elk = Peanut Butter & Jelly

Elk and sage grouse share 40 million acres of sagebrush across the American West. Through conservation easements, ranchers are protecting prime habitat for both species while also improving their ranching operations.

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