The Greater Sage-grouse

Greater Sage-grouse

Greater Sage-grouse
Centrocercus urophasianus

Description: The largest grouse species in North America. Large chicken-like bird. Grayish in color. Belly black. Long tail, with spiky tail feathers.

Habitat: Inhabits open sagebrush plains.


information from "All About Birds", Cornell Lab of Ornithology

NBII Library of Images from the Environment (LIFE)

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The NBII Library of Images from the Environment is a growing collection of over 11,000 images of diverse, well-documented images of nature and the environment. Topics include animals, fungi and lichens, plants, microorganisms, interactions among species, landscapes , weather, research, environmental topics, and management.

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Animals and Plants of the Southwest Region

Western Painted Turtle
Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii)
[Photograph: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service]

The Southwest region is home to a diverse range of ecosystems, including deserts, plateaus, rivers, and mountains. These ecosystems support a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Over 1,100 vertebrate and invertebrate species have been identified by state wildlife agencies as species of Greatest Conservation Need (GCN) in the region. The Southwest Species of Greatest Conservation Need interactive application brings together resources from multiple authoritative sources including the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) and NatureServe.

Arizona TreefrogAmphibians
Find out more about amphibians, including additional resources.
Cactus WrenBirds
The region is home to a diversity of year-round and migratory bird species.
Beautiful ShinerFishes
Explore regional and national resources for fishes.
Learn more about invertebrates of the region, including resources for butterflies and moths.
Find out more about the mammals of the region.
Prickly Pear BloomsPlants
The region's varied landscapes support a broad range of plant species.
Gopher SnakeReptiles
Many reptiles that are iconic species of the West's arid regions inhabit the Southwest region.
Southwest Species of Greatest Conservation NeedSpecies of Greatest Conservation Need
Browse the interactive application to find out more about the species of greatest conservation need in the Southwest Region.

Museum Collections of the Southwest Region
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CollapseArizona State University Lichen Herbarium
Description: This website provides access to the Arizona State University Lichen Herbarium database and associated publications. This collection emphasizes lichens of the southwest US, Latin America and Lecanorae (8000 specimens) and Xanthoparmeliae (6200 specimens) from around the world.
Resource Type: Bibliographies and Web Indexes, Databases and Information Systems, Museum Collections
Resource Format: URL
Publisher: Arizona State University Lichen Herbarium
ExpandArizona-Sonora Desert Museum
ExpandArthropod Museum at New Mexico State University
ExpandCenter for Natural History Collections
ExpandColorado State University Herbarium Database
ExpandDivision of Amphibians & Reptiles, Museum of Southwestern Biology
ExpandDivision of Birds, Museum of Southwestern Biology
ExpandDivision of Fishes, Museum of Southwestern Biology
ExpandDivision of Mammals, Museum of Southwestern Biology
ExpandHerbarium, Troy University
ExpandHerbarium, Wake Forest University
ExpandMarjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History
ExpandMuseum of Southwestern Biology
ExpandNew Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
ExpandNorthern Arizona University Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity
ExpandRange Science Herbarium (NMCR)
ExpandRobert Bebb Herbarium
ExpandUniversity of Colorado Museum of Natural History
ExpandUniversity of New Mexico Herbarium
ExpandUSGS Biological Surveys Collection, Museum of Southwestern Biology
ExpandUtah Museum of Natural History
ExpandUtah State University - Intermountain Herbarium
ExpandVascular Plant Herbarium, Arizona State University

Western Soundscapes

Western Soundscapes images
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The Western Soundscape Archive is a searchable web-based audio archive with a focus on the natural sounds of the western United States. Housed at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library, the recordings include representative sounds of more than 90% of the West's bird species, all of the region's frogs and toads, and more than 100 different types of mammals and reptiles, as well as ambient soundscapes and interviews.


Sage Grouse
Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
[Photograph: Karen Steenhof,
USGS Snake River Field Station]

SAGEMAP is a portal for spatial data used in research and management of sage grouse and sagebrush steppe habitats in the western United States. It provides data encompassing the historical extent of sage grouse distribution in the Intermountain West. These data are used by state and federal agencies to develop an objective assessment of the current status of sage grouse populations and their habitats across the region. SAGEMAP is a project supported by the U.S. Geological Survey and NBII.

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