Where-to: Observe Desert Wildlife
This year, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported a small increase in the statewide sage-grouse population, but on the whole, the Oregon population remains 40 percent below 2003 baseline estimates. Sage-grouse require large tracts of intact sagebrush to survive, and ONDA is engaged in several partnerships and planning efforts to protect and restore critical sage-grouse habitat.
Where Sage-Grouse Thrive
Pronghorn are the fastest mammal in North America, having adapted to outrun the now-extinct American cheetah. Due to hunting and habitat loss, pronghorn almost followed the way of the American cheetah, declining to as few as 10,000 to 15,000 individuals across the country in the early 20th century. Through conservation efforts, pronghorn populations are rebounding, and they need further protective measures to keep up that trend. Oregon’s Greater Hart-Sheldon region is home to an important population of pronghorn, and ONDA is working with partners to promote the protection of this essential habitat.
Where Pronghorn Thrive
While fish are perhaps the least obvious animal to be thought of in the desert, eastern Oregon is home to several threatened species of native fish, including Lahontan cutthroat trout, bull trout, Hutton tui chub and warner sucker. These fish are genetically distinct species that evolved in the isolated lakes and drainages of Oregon’s high desert, and these unique populations are in danger of blinking out of existence without our help. While federal resource management planning is important for conserving vitally important watersheds, ONDA is also advocating for the protection of hundreds of miles of desert waterways, including vital habitat for native fish species.
Where Desert Fish Thrive
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The Greater Hart-Sheldon region straddles the Oregon-Nevada border and provides essential habitat for pronghorn, as well as hundreds of other sagebrush-dependent plants and animals. In 2016, the region supported more than […]Read More
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