This goofy bird vs. the fossil fuel industry

  • Published: 02 December 2019
  • The sage grouse looks funny. It's also really important.

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    The mating ritual of the sage grouse is one of nature's most bizarre and alluring performances. It's also very predictable, which makes the bird really easy to count. That's part of why the sage grouse is what's known as an indicator species, meaning that its survival tends to correlate with the health of its entire ecosystem. It's also why the sage grouse was recently the target of one of the largest conservation efforts in US history. And it means that if we lose the sage grouse, there's a good chance we'll have lost a lot of the other 350 plant and animal species that live in the American west, too.

    A previous version of this video misidentified the bird at 0:58. The error has been corrected.

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  • thrasher 4ever
    thrasher 4ever  1 hours back

    thanks vox. I was nice and happy until I watched this

    • DVS ONE
      DVS ONE  7 hours back

      Why are these “pilgrims” NOT protesting the inefficient windmills that are killing endangered bird species with their blades?

      • Rubens Caetano
        Rubens Caetano  10 hours back

        We have a similar issue here in Brazil, with policies that show how the actual government just doesn't care for conservation, all in the name of "progress". Could you imagine rich forests like the Amazon and other environments with yet-to-be studied species, rivers and natural cycles that we depend on being devastated for wood extraction and to create areas for agriculture and cattle raising? That's what's happening now and the government not only makes it easier for them but also jokes about the situation.

        • Favel Konefka.
          Favel Konefka.  10 hours back

          4:10 so these bird's population in montana collapsed from 100.000 to 30.000 between 2006 and 2014. Trump!

          • sandy666ification
            sandy666ification  11 hours back

            Video brought to you by Saudi oil company

            • Liu Xiaokun
              Liu Xiaokun  11 hours back

              We choose to protect what we see as profitable, and not the bigger picture. That visual hint just blew my mind. Thank you, editor/s.

              • luke mac
                luke mac  12 hours back

                Sage grouse participants: We will see you at the Lek next year!

                • Rain Man
                  Rain Man  12 hours back

                  Donald trump bad because he care about people more than big tiddie bird

                  • Uno Isa
                    Uno Isa  20 hours back

                    Thanks trump

                    • Random Pyro
                      Random Pyro  21 hours back

                      F*** Donald Trump, just bring Obama back

                      • Marké Mark
                        Marké Mark  21 hours back

                        If you’re telling me that the Sage Grouse is convincing congress to stop drilling/mining more-so than the Native Human beings, Theres something extremely wrong here!

                        • Nafis Phinehas
                          Nafis Phinehas  24 hours back

                          I am not american but please dont vote for trump again, we need to potect that beautiful creature in this planet at all cost

                          • Suhash rawat
                            Suhash rawat  24 hours back

                            The humans have one thing not all of us that we didn't care about something until we know we will lose it forever and about trump i think obama was far greater than trump

                            • TetrisKid48
                              TetrisKid48  1 days back

                              It kinds sounds like the Skype theme

                              • Walrus Bellhop
                                Walrus Bellhop  1 days back

                                This is gonna sound all _Hippy-Dippy,_ but Big Corolful Birds (and their Bird Mating Dances) are 'Sofa King' Cool.!! I'm not talking about little Sparrows, etc., and I'm not going to stand in some freezing marsh to see them, but birds like these Exotic types just _Fascinate_ me.
                                Just imagine them as their Giant Prehistoric Dinosaur ancestors! How Cool would that be to see?! That's what we're pumping up to the surface.
                                Maybe that's why oil slicks have such pretty rainbow, feathery colors.

                                • Eddy Guo
                                  Eddy Guo  1 days back

                                  Awwwwww boohoo a couple hundred birds are gone, and?

                                  • IMA NOOB WHO PLAYS PUBG

                                    Sage bird jutsu

                                    • MR AD
                                      MR AD  1 days back

                                      Sage grouse? Sooo that's their are called? I used to think they are bird with breast or just breast bird..........and now I know their name.

                                      • Fish Fan
                                        Fish Fan  1 days back

                                        Big tidde trap bird?

                                        • what ever
                                          what ever  1 days back

                                          I love hove Vox has put Kilometres and Miles together so everyone can understand thanx 👋👌

                                          • Kim JisooYaa
                                            Kim JisooYaa  1 days back

                                            The stopped getting oil in their country but started stealing them in the middle east and killing their people in the process

                                            • Zidane Steiner
                                              Zidane Steiner  1 days back

                                              I'm sure this is Trump's fault right @Vox?

                                              • Im just a f00d1e Boy
                                                Im just a f00d1e Boy  1 days back

                                                This is the third time watching this today you wanna know why?

                                                I like the mating dance sound

                                                • Shawn Carter
                                                  Shawn Carter  1 days back

                                                  Why is the bird goofy and not oil and mining industry?

                                                  • Jeffrey Phillip
                                                    Jeffrey Phillip  1 days back

                                                    Trump, letting the rich get richer...

                                                    • Black Acura
                                                      Black Acura  1 days back

                                                      Trump bad o no.

                                                      • Azka
                                                        Azka  2 days back

                                                        Now im realy mad to donald trump

                                                        • MrJreed1000
                                                          MrJreed1000  2 days back

                                                          Is it me... or does this bird have nice tiddays?🤔

                                                          • music for a soul.
                                                            music for a soul.  2 days back

                                                            KFC here we come!

                                                            • Instant Vanilla
                                                              Instant Vanilla  2 days back

                                                              Oh, come on! Just tell me what's wrong without bring Donald Trump into this! I care enough already.

                                                              • tada king
                                                                tada king  2 days back

                                                                Well business/money/peoples lifelihood/US supremacy vs nature/bird/future availiability of this bird? So it's either be a pro lifer/pro US or a treehugger.

                                                                • Airbus A380
                                                                  Airbus A380  2 days back

                                                                  Trump hates the famous grouse

                                                                  • Brick bowl
                                                                    Brick bowl  2 days back

                                                                    Lord forget for what im about to do

                                                                    • thecolorthursday
                                                                      thecolorthursday  2 days back

                                                                      The fact is, this is inevitable under our economic system. Companies can only see the environment in one of two or three ways: one, as a resource to be exploited, two, as a dump for waste, or possibly, three, pretending to protect it as a PR move.

                                                                      • ilili
                                                                        ilili  2 days back

                                                                        Someone has r34'd that.

                                                                        • Kevin Az
                                                                          Kevin Az  2 days back

                                                                          Stop being amazed and do some thing to saved them!!!

                                                                          • Steven H
                                                                            Steven H  2 days back

                                                                            One more reason to despise president chump

                                                                            • The San Mo Show
                                                                              The San Mo Show  2 days back

                                                                              Who would win?

                                                                              A mutli-billion international industry
                                                                              O N E G O O F Y B O I

                                                                              • Jack Beach
                                                                                Jack Beach  2 days back

                                                                                5:33 25002 acres is only 39 square miles

                                                                                • Jack Beach
                                                                                  Jack Beach  2 days back

                                                                                  Why is vox so bad at charts please put in some grid lines so I can see values.

                                                                                  • Mira CERN
                                                                                    Mira CERN  2 days back

                                                                                    Years later some kid will look up US history and say: "oh look, Trump was such a good president. During his office US economy boomed. I wonder though how half of US wildlife got extinct since then huh"

                                                                                    • Siren
                                                                                      Siren  2 days back

                                                                                      I HATE HUMANS
                                                                                      I HATE HUMANS
                                                                                      I HATE HUMANS
                                                                                      money driven, evil, heartless creatures who only care about themselves.....

                                                                                      • Siren
                                                                                        Siren  1 days back

                                                                                        @thecolorthursday thx for the recommendation! also there's a book in arabic but im sure you'll find it in english its called "The Mockery Of The Human Brain"

                                                                                      • thecolorthursday
                                                                                        thecolorthursday  2 days back

                                                                                        Siren O ok, that makes sense. You might wanna look into Murray Bookchin or Pyotr Kropotkin, they have a lot of good stuff on the topic :)

                                                                                      • Siren
                                                                                        Siren  2 days back

                                                                                        @thecolorthursday that's what i meant basically. humans are nice people. but the humans i was referring too are the politicians. "we're also a horrible invasive species"

                                                                                      • thecolorthursday
                                                                                        thecolorthursday  2 days back

                                                                                        Siren It's not humans, it's capitalism. Most people aren't like this. But CEOs of massive corporations are

                                                                                      • ilili
                                                                                        ilili  2 days back

                                                                                        My family was killed by sage grouse! IT GOES BOTH WAYS!

                                                                                    • Piccolo
                                                                                      Piccolo  2 days back

                                                                                      “You gon make me act up... You gon make me do something I’ll regret...”

                                                                                      • Wulfleyn
                                                                                        Wulfleyn  2 days back

                                                                                        I think this needs to be more well known, but I'm European so I wish I could help but I cant.

                                                                                        • star and fox
                                                                                          star and fox  20 hours back

                                                                                          Congurlations you're helping the environment.

                                                                                        • Wulfleyn
                                                                                          Wulfleyn  20 hours back

                                                                                          @star and fox I'm using nothing, don't own a personal vehicle of any kind.

                                                                                        • star and fox
                                                                                          star and fox  20 hours back

                                                                                          There's 1 way you can help.reduce how much gas you use.considering inorde to get gas you need oil and inorde r to get oil some pretty morally gray stuff has to be done.

                                                                                      • POE LWE
                                                                                        POE LWE  3 days back

                                                                                        I have never see a bird with two watermelons

                                                                                        • Reallyidkanymore _
                                                                                          Reallyidkanymore _  3 days back

                                                                                          Wait I thought Wyoming doesn’t exist?

                                                                                          • karan karwa
                                                                                            karan karwa  3 days back

                                                                                            Trump the distroyer of the world order

                                                                                            • Aman patel
                                                                                              Aman patel  3 days back

                                                                                              RUMP gov... the least word i wanted to listen....😂😂😂