Only 13 male birds left in Alberta, expert says
BY JEN GERSON, CALGARY HERALD NOVEMBER 23, 2011 6:58 PM
CALGARY - Environmental groups are pushing the federal government to enact emergency measures to save Alberta’s dwindling population of sage grouse.
But according to at least one expert, it may already be too late to save the iconic prairie birds.
Mark Boyce, a professor at the University of Alberta, has spent several decades studying the curious creatures, which are about the size of a chicken and tend to strut about with puffed chests and peacock-like spiky tail feathers.