A male sage grouse puffs up his genetic vigor for the discerning eye of a nearby hen. This native species is in decline and is listed as a Montana "Species of Concern."
A male sharp-tailed grouse struts his stuff at dawn on the Charlie Russell National Wildlife Refuge, in eastern Montana. This native bird is listed as a "Species of Concern" in Montana.
Spruce grouse are often associated with dense spruce/fir forests. But in western Montana, they are often tied to moist sites dominated by lodgepole pine and Douglas fir. As seral tree species, these forests burn fairly often. So the local grouse populations can shift dramatically, moving out of burned habitats and into middle aged forests.