Tag Archives: ruffed grouse

Winter took a toll on grouse in study, but biologists unfazed

Brittany King holds a ruffed grouse before it's measured, tagged and fitted with a radio collar on Wednesday at the midcoast Maine survey site in September 2014. Brian Feulner| BD

Late last summer, biologists teamed up with a University of Maine professor to begin a project that will provide a clearer picture of the state’s ruffed grouse population. Using radio tags, the researchers are monitoring those birds and compiling data on their survival rates and breeding success. A glimpse at the data collected so far […]

Purely anecdotal report: Birds aplenty

Brad Allen, the biologist who serves as bird group leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, has given me plenty of good advice over the years. Among the nuggets of wisdom that he (and other state biologists, for that matter) have handed out is an explanation of how biologists think … and […]

Catch-and-release moose trip a success

Later this week, I’ll tell you more about a trip some pals and I enjoyed late last week. Consider this a tease. And for now, let’s just say that the Third Almost Annual Catch-and-Release Moose Hunt (Birds Not Necessarily Included) was a huge success. Friend Chris Lander came up with the idea a few years […]

Biologist expects fair bird season

For the past few years, bird hunters in northern Maine have enjoyed the best of times: Ruffed grouse have been most plentiful in the big commercial forests of Aroostook County. When this year’s upland bird hunting season kicks off on Tuesday, the state’s top bird biologist expects that trend to continue. Unfortunately, he also expects […]