National media takes note of Emergency Protection Order to protect Greater Sage-Grouse

Image of Greater Sage Grouse

In an unprecedented move, the federal government announced yesterday it would introduce an Emergency Protection Order to help save the prairie-dwelling Greater Sage-Grouse species of bird.

Since 2008, Nature Canada experts have actively engaged in public and private consultations on conservation and recovery of the Greater Sage-Grouse, so this news comes as a welcomed development of this issue. For the full press release, see our website.

Canadian media sat up and took notice of Minister Aglukkaq’s announcement, which marks the first time that this specific provision in the Species at Risk Act has been used.

Twitter was fluttering with activity on Sage Grouse and the Emergency Order

The gov’t says it will issue an emergency order to protect the endangered sage grouse, a rare Prairie bird. (watch: http://t.co/4xm0mQttdM)
— The National (@CBCTheNational) September 18, 2013

Ottawa moves to protect endangered sage grouse http://t.co/C0TZZ3Gg3v@GlobeAndMail
— Breaking News Canada (@BreakingNewsCan) September 18, 2013

Ottawa to protect endangered sage grouse in Sask…. http://t.co/OTv6NX9g5L
— CTV Regina (@ctvregina) September 17, 2013

Environmentalists want Ottawa to save Alberta’s sage grouse http://t.co/5SmeUO7d #yow
— Edmonton Journal (@edmontonjournal) November 24, 2011

Federal environment minister says Ottawa to protect endangered sage grouse http://t.co/CKAcvTGSpR
— Globalnews.ca (@globaltvnews) September 17, 2013

And in no particular order, more media hits include:
 
The Globe and Mail – ‎12 hours ago‎
After having its legal feathers ruffled in court, the federal government says it is moving to protect the endangered sage grouse. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Tuesday the government intends to introduce an emergency protection order for the bird, 
 
Medicine Hat News – ‎6 hours ago‎
After years of advocacy which saw conservation groups flock together to protect sage grouse habitat in the public and the court the federal government announced Tuesday that emergency action will now be taken to protect the endangered species.

 

Endangered sage grouse to be protected by emergency order

 

CBC.ca – 56 minutes ago
Ian Davidson, executive director of the conservation group Nature Canada said in a statement that he and his colleagues are treating the announcement as a “very positive development” even if some of details are still unknown. He added that the precedent 
 
Lethbridge Herald – 1 hour ago
“Some of the key specifics of the order are still unknown at this time, so we’re going to have to wait and see all the details before we know what it will mean for this iconic at-risk species,” said Ian Davidson, executive director of Nature Canada. “Even so, we are 
 
CBC.ca – 3 hours ago
Fewer than 150 greater sage grouse remain in Alberta and Saskatchewan, the two Canadian provinces where they are found, Environment Canada estimates. Related Stories. Ottawa can’t claim cabinet secrecy in sage grouse fight · Sage grouse could soon 
 
CBC.ca – 3 hours ago
An Alberta group trying to save the province’s dwindling population of a spectacular bird is seeing modest benefits from its efforts. cgy-sage-grouse-cp-1325180. The sage grouse, a turkey-sized bird that makes otherworldly sounds during its elaborate mating 
 
Calgary Herald – 4 hours ago
An emergency protection order will be introduced by the federal government to preserve the greater sage grouse, an endangered bird that lives on the prairies. Its population has declined by 98 per cent since 1988, with fewer than 150 birds left in Alberta and 
 
CTV News – 4 hours ago
“Some of the key specifics of the order are still unknown at this time, so we’re going to have to wait and see all the details before we know what it will mean for this iconic at-risk species,” said Ian Davidson, executive director of Nature Canada. “Even so, we are 
 
Huffington Post Canada – 4 hours ago
OTTAWA – After having its legal feathers ruffled in court, the federal government says it is moving to protect the endangered sage grouse. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says the government intends to introduce an emergency protection order for the 
 

Feds move to protect endangered sage grouse

 

iPolitics.ca (subscription) – 5 hours ago

After having its legal feathers ruffled in court, the federal government says it is moving to protect the endangered sage grouse. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says the government intends to introduce an emergency protection order for the bird native to 

What a fantastic day for the Greater Sage-Grouse. We’re sure it’s doing its dance in anticipation of the federal government implementing the Emergency Protection Order.