Clait Braun by Mike Hudak
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The Gunnison Basin Gunnison Sage-Grouse Working Group
Clait E. Braun earned his BS in technical agronomy from Kansas State University (1962), his MS in wildlife management from the University of Montana (1965), and his PhD in wildlife biology from Colorado State University (1969). While a student, he was at times employed by the US Department of Agriculture in Kansas and Montana, and by the Montana Department of Game and Fish. In 1969, Dr. Braun joined the Colorado Division of Wildlife where, during his thirty-year career, he held positions that included program manager, wildlife research leader, and researcher. His studies of sage-grouse in Colorado led to his discovery of the Gunnison sage-grouse in 1977. He was also instrumental in naming the species.

Dr. Braun has published over 200 scientific peer-reviewed and technical publications, mostly on birds, including sage-grouse. He is a past president of the Wildlife Society, past president of the Wilson Ornithological Society, past president of the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science, and past editor of the Journal of Wildlife Management. He has been an invited lecturer at over twenty-five colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Since January 2000 he has headed the consulting firm Grouse Inc.

In this video, Clait Braun talks about the failures of the Gunnison Basin Gunnison Sage-Grouse Working Group (Colorado) during the period 1995–2002.

Recorded in September 2004. This video is an excerpt from Clait Braun’s interview in Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching.