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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Comments • 1 382

  • Eddy Guo
    Eddy Guo  10 minutes back

    Awwwwww boohoo a couple hundred birds are gone, and?

      IMA NOOB WHO PLAYS PUBG  25 minutes back

      Sage bird jutsu

      • MR AD
        MR AD  2 hours 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  2 hours back

          Big tidde trap bird?

          • what ever
            what ever  3 hours back

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

            • Kim JisooYaa
              Kim JisooYaa  4 hours 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  5 hours back

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

                • Im just a f00d1e Boy
                  Im just a f00d1e Boy  5 hours back

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

                  I like the mating dance sound

                  • Shawn Carter
                    Shawn Carter  8 hours back

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

                    • Jeffrey Phillip
                      Jeffrey Phillip  8 hours back

                      Trump, letting the rich get richer...

                      • Black Acura
                        Black Acura  9 hours back

                        Trump bad o no.

                        • Carlos Andres
                          Carlos Andres  10 hours back

                          truump su...k. doesnt care our enviroment.

                          • Azka
                            Azka  11 hours back

                            Now im realy mad to donald trump

                            • MrJreed1000
                              MrJreed1000  15 hours back

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

                              • music for a soul.
                                music for a soul.  20 hours back

                                KFC here we come!

                                • Instant Vanilla
                                  Instant Vanilla  23 hours back

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

                                  • tada king
                                    tada king  1 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  1 days back

                                      Trump hates the famous grouse

                                      • Brick bowl
                                        Brick bowl  1 days back

                                        Lord forget for what im about to do

                                        • thecolorthursday
                                          thecolorthursday  1 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  1 days back

                                            Someone has r34'd that.

                                            • Kevin Az
                                              Kevin Az  1 days back

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

                                              • Steven H
                                                Steven H  1 days back

                                                One more reason to despise president chump

                                                • The San Mo Show
                                                  The San Mo Show  1 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  1 days back

                                                    5:33 25002 acres is only 39 square miles

                                                    • Jack Beach
                                                      Jack Beach  1 days back

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

                                                      • Mira CERN
                                                        Mira CERN  1 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  1 days back

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

                                                          • Siren
                                                            Siren  2 hours 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  1 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  1 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  1 days back

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

                                                          • ilili
                                                            ilili  1 days back

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

                                                        • Piccolo
                                                          Piccolo  1 days back

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

                                                          • Wulfleyn
                                                            Wulfleyn  1 days back

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

                                                            • POE LWE
                                                              POE LWE  1 days back

                                                              I have never see a bird with two watermelons

                                                              • Reallyidkanymore _
                                                                Reallyidkanymore _  2 days back

                                                                Wait I thought Wyoming doesn’t exist?

                                                                • karan karwa
                                                                  karan karwa  2 days back

                                                                  Trump the distroyer of the world order

                                                                  • Aman patel
                                                                    Aman patel  2 days back

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

                                                                    • Shahed Marleen
                                                                      Shahed Marleen  2 days back

                                                                      More reasons to vote yang!!!

                                                                      • Jai Solver
                                                                        Jai Solver  2 days back

                                                                        Like a vox color😂😂😂👌👍 and sound also

                                                                        • Jesse W.
                                                                          Jesse W.  2 days back

                                                                          This wasn't my proudest fap.

                                                                          • Nax Nita
                                                                            Nax Nita  2 days back

                                                                            What you want
                                                                            Birds or Oils

                                                                            • Jordan Grotts
                                                                              Jordan Grotts  2 days back

                                                                              I am sick and tired of Donald trump abusing the landscape of what makes America so great. We’re going to look back on this time and wonder why we didn’t do more to prevent harm on the land.

                                                                              • fatfishtaco
                                                                                fatfishtaco  2 days back

                                                                                So that's where the filling in lemon tarts comes from.

                                                                                • B vegan Now
                                                                                  B vegan Now  2 days back

                                                                                  Watch cowspirasy

                                                                                  • B_U_R_N_6 kappa
                                                                                    B_U_R_N_6 kappa  2 days back

                                                                                    I'm going to be honest, not mining so these birds can live seems pretty silly.

                                                                                    • Ariela Strombeck
                                                                                      Ariela Strombeck  2 days back

                                                                                      i don't know why but the sound it makes when it puffs out its chest makes me uncomfortable.

                                                                                      • skyy
                                                                                        skyy  2 days back

                                                                                        I'd rather save the planet and animals then help the econamy stay at float.

                                                                                        • Maja
                                                                                          Maja  2 days back

                                                                                          I thought it looked ridiculous, then I heard the sounds it makes that are even crazier😂

                                                                                          • CH ii
                                                                                            CH ii  2 days back

                                                                                            i knew i was gonna hear trump's name somewhere in this video ..

                                                                                            • RX JOSUÉ
                                                                                              RX JOSUÉ  2 days back

                                                                                              Bernie 2020! 💙

                                                                                              • Soundwave Superior
                                                                                                Soundwave Superior  2 days back

                                                                                                Nice I'm gonna use this as lazer sound effects in my game.