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Steven T. Knick, Steven E. Hanser and Kristine L. Preston Modeling ecological minimum requirements for distribution of greater sage-grouse leks: implications for population connectivity across their western range, U.S.A Ecology and Evolution 3

Version of Record online: 22 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.557

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Habitat loss is a significant concern to conserving greater sage-grouse, a candidate for endangered species listing in the United States. We mapped current habitat availability based on presence of ecological minimum requirements to guide conservation actions within population boundaries and in connecting corridors. Our emphasis on minimum requirements rather than on models describing average or optimum conditions provides a conceptual and statistical foundation for modeling habitats in future unknown distributions predicted under climate change.

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