National Audubon Society

Focal species assessment

In 2011, the National Audubon Society helped to broker an important conservation win in Wyoming. In order to prevent the listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse by the Endangered Species Act, which would be costly to the state and to industry, the state agreed to protect millions of acres of Greater Sage-Grouse habitat. Following on the heels of this win, CEA conducted a systematic, analytically rigorous, countrywide mapping of energy development trends, threatened birds, and political context to identify potential focal species that could generate comparable conservation wins.