BirdNote: Sage Thrasher and Sagebrush

Sage Thrasher; Photo Credit: Tom Munson



The glorious song of the male Sage Thrasher rings out every spring from tracts of sagebrush throughout the West. Sagebrush was once widespread in the Great Basin region, and so were the thrashers. But huge areas of sagebrush were turned into alfalfa and potato farms, and the songs of the thrasher aren’t so common today. Sagebrush badly needs advocacy. The Important Bird Areas program works to protect key habitats for birds.  Hear this story in this BirdNote daily podcast.