[CT Birds] of Ruffed grouse here in CT.

David F Provencher david.f.provencher at dom.com
Thu Feb 28 11:40:26 EST 2013


Paul,

It is more likely that loss of habitat is playing a much larger role in population decline in Ruffed Grouse. Much like Northern Bobwhite, which require a complex mixture of habitats, Ruffed Grouse needs early successional forest habitat. While we have a good deal of forest habitat in CT, it tends to have abrupt boundaries with farmland, residential, or municipal habitat. Without significant habitat management efforts, Ruffed Grouse may go the way of Northern Bobwhite in CT. 

Here is a link to a paper (New England based research) that touches on the habitat issue:

http://cels.uri.edu/nrs/docs/ce/Blomberg%20et%20al.%202011.pdf

Dave

David Provencher

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