In 1995, Dr. Clait Braun and Dr. Jessica Young proposed that the Gunnison Sage-grouse was a distinct species, and along with Drs. Jerry Hupp, Sara Oyler-McCance and Tom Quinn, they published their findings in the scientific journal. The American Ornithological Union recognized the Gunnison Sage-grouse as a new species in 2000.
While trying to gain access for photographing the Gunnison Sage-grouse (which was almost a mission impossible), Dr. Young has helped me tremendously and became a good friend. The love, passion, and energy I see from these people are always inspiring.
Last April, Dr. Clait Braun received a life-time achievement award during the Gunnison Sage-grouse summit in Gunnison, Colorado. I was honored to find out that he received a set of my photos as part of the award.