Watch: Sage Grouse Strut

See the West wrangle with how to save this desert dance.



There’s a show-topping sight in the sagebrush. Sage grouse are strutting for all their few numbers are worth. The bird’s declining population is in the spotlight year-round, but its rare, reproductive routine takes center stage in the spring.

Outdoor journalist Kris Millgate is up at sunrise for the show that must go on as the West wrangles with how to save this desert dance.


Kris Millgate is an outdoor journalist based in Idaho Falls, Idaho. See more of her work at




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About Kris Millgate

The quiet cast of fly line cures writer's block for outdoor journalist Kris Millgate. She runs Tight Line Media out of her Idaho basecamp while covering outdoor issues nationwide via print and video.

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