[CT Birds] State response to Rough Grouse

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Sat Mar 9 14:15:45 EST 2013

But don't you, Dave, Pat and others think that *at least* a temporary
hunting moritorium on our own home-grown Connecticut Grouse would be a good
thing, while the habitat recovers?  Why should we import Grouse in the
future when we might salvage our own?  I'm sad that we no longer have
Bobwhite native in Connecticut.  Some escaped caged grown bird just doesn't
make it for me.  I would hate to see the Ruffed Grouse follow that path.  I
do believe the Christmas Count indicates a real problem here, possibly one
that we don't have time to solve by habitat resoration and hope for the
best, whil;e hunters blast away.

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
Visit my Blog at http://naturaliststable.wordpress.com

On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM, David Provencher <
davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> Patrick makes a very good point. And I'm not a hunter nor have I ever
> hunted
> Ruffed Grouse, except with binoculars that is! And in an ideal world I
> would
> very much prefer that no avian species be hunted by humans anywhere on the
> planet. However, habitat management is the only way we are going to
> increase
> the population in CT, or even just avoid extirpation in CT. We may well
> already at the point that Ruffed Grouse recovery in CT will require
> importation of birds from outside our state. Take Northern Bobwhite as an
> example. Many Bobwhite are released each year for hunting. Now I know many
> of these birds are less than savvy when it comes to being in the wild, but
> if there was abundant habitat some of these birds would establish
> themselves. But there is precious little habitat for them currently in CT.
> I
> believe Bobwhite require a habitat mix that is a bit more complex than
> Ruffed Grouse, but the successional habitat is needed by both. In order to
> have the best chance of a successful recovery program for Ruffed Grouse
> there needs to be the largest possible human community interested in making
> it happen. That really means trying to get a coalition of birders,
> conservation groups, and hunters, (as a minimum) to influence legislatures
> to bring funding to bear in a time when virtually all funding is shrinking.
> Not easy, as Patrick well knows. I for one am happy we have people such as
> Patrick (and many others) working towards such goals. In a political
> environment of ever increasing partisanship and devaluation of scientific
> research, we have many challenges that can only be properly addressed by
> trying to build consensus.
> Dave Provencher
> Naturally New England
> http://naturallynewengland.blogspot.com/
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