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Learn about the unusual biology of the sage-grouse and how it has adapted to the challenging ecology of the sagebrush steppe with Dr. Stu Garrett, sage-grouse coordinator for the East Cascades Audubon Society.
We'll explore some of the historical events that have led to the deteriorated condition of the plant communities on the High Desert today, discuss the decreasing grouse population and the threats that changing vegetation and other factors are playing in its ongoing demise.
Dr. Garrett has had a long-standing fascination with the ecology of Oregon's sagebrush steppe and the animals that dwell there, especially the Greater Sage-grouse. Five years ago he took on the job of coordinating sage-grouse activities for the local Audubon chapter East Cascades Audubon Society - ECAS. Since then, ECAS has worked closely with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Deschutes National Forest, Deschutes County, and Bureau of Land Management on various projects to help the sage-grouse. He practiced family medicine in Bend from 1978 to 2012. He also co-founded the local chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and served as state president of NPSO. He has served on the state boards of The Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Environmental Council, the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and the Native Plant Society of Oregon. He was Chairman of the Newberry Volcanoes Citizens Committee, which successfully sought the Congressional designation of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in 1990. He is the author of "The Newberry National Volcanic Monument: An Oregon Documentary book".