Being the largest type of grouse in North America, the greater Sage Grouse is characterized physically as having a spiky tail and abundant feathers. Their diet consists of sagebrush, insects, and plants. Male grouses have a variety of colors like white on the chest and prominent yellow sacs by the neck which inflate to attract mates. Females, like in other birds, are less extravagant. They have feathers of light and dark brown shades.
Now, this majestic bird, having recently eluded a place on the endangered species list, has lost the open and expansive sagebrush habitat it needs for survival. This was due to fires and human intervention, according to National Geographic. Also according to National Geographic, 11 of the western states worked to protect land for this bird. The hashtag to go with this all was very appropriately, #WildlifeWin, which according to National Geographic, was tweeted by U.S. Secretary of Interior Security, Sally Jewel.
This extraordinary effort is the most iconic and exhibits how we can gather and work as one to prevent catastrophes like this whether small and subtle or vast and impactful. No matter if small or big, these causes all impact us and our surrounding in ways we might not readily understand.
I think it is of utmost importance for us to make sure we keep our eyes on such things and not let our beloved animals, even the ones we do not know much about, living and in existence. When we let an animal go extinct, who knows what we are losing!