Search News Releases

Search mode:
"and" "or"
Search in:
Recent News Releases
(Last 30 days)
All News Releases
Emergency Fishing Rule Changes
Sport Fishing Rule Changes
Fish and Shellfish Health Advisories & Closures
Marine Biotoxin Bulletin
Beach closures due to red tide and other marine toxins
Local Fish Consumption Advisories
Health advisories due to contaminants
Fish Facts for Healthy Nutrition
Information on mercury, PCBs and other contaminants in fish
News Releases Archive
2014
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr 
May  Jun  Jul  Aug 
Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
2013
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr 
May  Jun  Jul  Aug 
Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
2012
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr 
May  Jun  Jul  Aug 
Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
MORE ARCHIVES...
 

WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


May 05, 2005
Contact: Dave Hays, (360) 902-2366, WDFW;
Joe Peone, (509) 631-0161, Colville Confederated Tribes

  Digg it!  StumbleUpon  Reddit

State sharp-tailed grouse populations boosted with relocated birds

Dwindling numbers of eastern Washington sharp-tailed grouse have been boosted with birds recently relocated from more plentiful populations in Idaho and British Columbia.

Wildlife biologists hope the introduced grouse will help replenish Washington's population of the native birds, which are listed by the state for protection as a threatened species.

The joint effort by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Colville Confederated Tribes relocated a total of 60 birds. Of those, 40 were trapped in British Columbia and 20 in Idaho, said Wildlife Biologist Dave Hays, who managed the project for WDFW. The relocation released 20 birds on each of three sites-WDFW's Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Lincoln County, WDFW's Wells Wildlife Area in Okanogan County, and the Colville Reservation near Nespelem in Okanogan County.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the federal Bureau of Land Management also collaborated on the relocation effort.

WDFW's Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area Manager Juli Anderson, who helped trap, transport and release some of the birds, reported that the newcomers immediately joined existing birds on their "leks," spring mating-ritual grounds.

"We hope to restore this native species to one of the largest pieces of intact shrub-steppe habitat left in the state," Anderson said of the Swanson Lakes effort.

Sharp-tailed grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) historically were found throughout most of the sagebrush, shrub and grass habitats of eastern Washington. Large-scale removal of native vegetation for agriculture and habitat impacts from intensive livestock grazing took their toll on all prairie grouse, including sage grouse which are also listed by the state as a threatened species. Both sharptail and sage grouse are also considered federal species of concern.

Recent field surveys indicated that a total of about 300 sharp-tailed grouse remain in small, isolated populations on remnant patches of habitat in Okanogan, Douglas and Lincoln counties.