Date: 10/30/20 11:51 am From: tom and sheri <troberts2459...> Subject: Re: Live Grouse Needed
Lisa, And all. I sure hope your research works out. Too many great memories of grouse. Interestingly, I have seen several woodcock on our farm this past summer. It is odd as the habitat is upland, drier, lots of farmed fields. That is another bird i miss a lot. And I miss the whippoorwills. There is not one item that has resulted in declines - and we are all to blame - demanding cheap and plentiful food - pesticide use, monoculture fields, edge-to-edge fields ( everything in production), excess deer, excess demands on time (too many opportunities/distractions) then fewer hunters/outdoor enthusiasts, changing timbering. I haven't found grouse in western PA this year - so far.
Tom Roberts Somerset county
-----Original Message----- From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania [mailto:<PABIRDS...>] On Behalf Of Williams, Lisa Sent: Friday, October 30, 2020 1:19 PM To: <PABIRDS...> Subject: [PABIRDS] Live Grouse Needed
The PA Game Commission seeks dead or live (sick or injured) grouse for research. Grouse are declining in numbers and this research is important to help understand why. If you find a disabled live grouse (sick, injured, or behaving oddly), please immediately contact Lisa Williams, PGC grouse bio [814-422-8503; <liswilliam...><mailto:<liswilliam...>]. Please be ready to provide detailed location information. If you have already captured the grouse, please place it in a small cardboard box and put in a dark quiet room until it can be transported. The grouse will have a small blood sample humanely drawn for a Conservation Genetics project. The grouse will then be relayed to Centre Wildlife Care for supportive care, with the goal of eventual release back to its original location. If a grouse is found dead, please label location of find and freeze until it can be retrieved. Thank you! Lisa M. Williams, Wildlife Biologist - Grouse, Woodcock, Sandhill Cranes, Webless Game Birds PA Game Commission