Evaluation of the genetic distinctiveness of Greater Sage-grouse in the Bi-State Planning Area

Product Type: 

Open-file Report

Year: 

2011

Author(s): 

Oyler-McCance, S.J. and M.L. Casazza

Suggested Citation: 

Oyler-McCance, S.J. and M.L. Casazza. 2011. Evaluation of the genetic distinctiveness of Greater Sage-grouse in the Bi-State Planning Area. Open-File Report 2011-1006. U.S. Geological Survey. 15 p.

The purpose of this study was to further characterize a distinct population of Greater Sage-grouse: the population located along the border between Nevada and California (Bi-State Planning Area) and centered around the Mono Basin. This population was previously determined to be genetically distinct from other Greater Sage-grouse populations across their range. Previous genetic work focused on characterizing genetic variation across the species’ range and thereby used a coarse sampling approach for species characterization. The goal of this study was to investigate this population further by obtaining samples from breeding locations within the population and analyzing those samples with the same mitochondrial and microsatellite loci used in previous studies...