Relocation of the Colombian Sharp tailed grouse

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Relocation of the Colombian Sharp tailed grouse 
This is a short film that will be used as a promotional piece online. The piece will showcase the Colorado Department of Wildlife capturing grouse and relocating them to other areas in the state. It should feel educational and like a nature documentary, but we want it to be fun and not stale. Some of the lines should be read with character and humor. 
2016-05-19 21:25:34 GMT
2016-05-24 15:00:00 (GMT -07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Fixed - USD 500
Via Internet: Western United States
English - USA and Canada
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Middle Age Male AND Senior Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email OR
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
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The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

Welcome to Moffat County in northwest Colorado. This vast expanse of open terrain is home to a rich variety of the state’s wildlife population. It is also home to Colowyo Mine. In addition to providing energy to thousands of residents in the area, Colowyo have proven to be true stewards of this land. Their continued relationship with Colorado Parks and Wildlife has enabled many research projects, including monitoring and relocating the Colombian Sharp Tailed Grouse. In fact, this land supports a substantial amount of the state’s grouse population. Unfortunately, these birds are facing potentially dire circumstances in other regions of the state, where historically inhabited areas have seen a decline in grouse population.

For the past few years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife have been paying close attention to our feathered friends. The birds are collected and relocated to Eagle and Grand counties, where the hope is to re-establish the grouse in a similar habitat.

There are in fact eight different species of grouse in Colorado. Each breed has their own specific identifiers. The Colombian Sharp Tail has many unique features that distinguish it from its relatives, including their sharply pointed chest feathers and angled tail.

One of the most unique characteristics of the Colombian Sharp Tail Grouse is their fascinating mating dance. Every spring the males put on quite an entertaining performance. The males, who are distinguishable by the purple markings under their eyes, pursue the hens and entice them with their bowed heads and manic feet. The females are chased into an open area known as a lek. The lek is the main stage of the love dance and is also the site where researchers are able to access the birds. It is here that they are harmlessly captured. As they scurry through the sagebrush in pursuit of a mate, the grouse are funneled through a zig-zag fence to a central area. In this small circled room, they are easily obtained.

Once in possession of the team, the fowl are examined. Each bird’s gender is confirmed and their age and weight documented. The biologists then ID every one of them with a leg tag. Half of the grouse are also fitted with VHF collars so that they can continue to be tracked in the future. This will enable the staff to determine if relocation efforts are successful in the newly established leks.

For Colowyo’s cooperation and support, Colorado Parks and Wildlife have presented them with the Partner of the Year award. They have shown a commitment to the state’s wildlife, and are even scheduled to transfer and additional 4,500 acres of land to help assist with future projects. With reclamation sites providing a sustainable habitat, the future looks positive for these amusing creatures. The Colombian Sharp Tailed Grouse will be dancing across the state for many years to come. 
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