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Date:11/23/2014 4:27:51 AM
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Hi Dino
a scientisit in Wyoming has developed a robotic sage grouse named Pepa that is able to interact with other sage grouse. it is incredibly realistic looking except for the big rubber wheels it has for feet. Pepas job is to determine the ambient(back ground noise) impacts on sage grouse these areas are incredibly quiet at 16 decimals (lower than a whisper) until the males start their mating calls. of all the males calling only one or two ever get successful with the lady birds. this years winner was named Dick who managed to mate with 60 females.They looked at questions about whether or not disturbances such as oil and gas wells and passing cars affect sage grouse mating behavior and found that sage grouse males do avoid leks with human-caused noise.
As humans increasingly populate remote areas and develop energy, our noise impact isn’t something that most of us think about. Yet studies in Wyoming have documented noise impacts on songbirds and now sage grouse.
When our trucks whirr by, a bird’s call to woo his mate just isn’t as loud as it would otherwise be, so they move somewhere else. Fragmentation isn’t just about a physical disturbance footprint, but a sound footprint, as well.
this is not an unsolvable problem. it seems like an entirely solvable problem—with engineering solutions like mufflers or insulation or simply making shift changes for the oil and gas company workers so they are not driving their loud trucks by the leks at 6-8am during peak mating time but rather 10am after the males are done with their calling.

love Boo Boo

ps i would like to meet Dick lol
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