[CT Birds] grouse and data

COMINS, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Fri Jun 5 16:06:09 EDT 2009

I might also add that historically the majority of funding for wildlife conservation and research comes from fees levied on sportsmen (and women) and taxes on their equipment (Pittman-Roberts).  As a result there are generally more resources to research and manage for these game species (from which Blue-winged Warblers, migratory shorebirds and other non-game species benefit tremendously).

Additionally hunters and fishermen/women are quite generous in their support of organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited and other game-focused NG0s, which are great conservation partners for state and federal wildlife agencies and effective advocates for increased overall funding for open space protection and wildlife conservation.

Patrick Comins, Meriden

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