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Help MDIFW while in the outdoors this spring - participate in the 2009 Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey
The Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey provides an index of grouse distribution and abundance during the breeding season in the spring. Ruffed grouse are a highly valued wildlife species in Maine and with your help we can continue to enjoy healthy populations. This information will help biologists in the department measure ruffed grouse numbers and develop a population trend over time, which in turn will contribute to the management of ruffed grouse in Maine. With any wildlife species, having knowledge of the population is a keystone in conservation and management.
If you would like to participate, you can download a 2009 Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey form and record the number of drumming male grouse you hear or see while turkey hunting or participating in other outdoor activities this spring. In addition to grouse we are also interested in the number of turkeys you see. Instructions for the survey are provided on the survey form itself.
Kelsey Sullivan, Game Bird Biologist
Can you tell the difference between the legally hunted ruffed grouse (partridge) and the spruce grouse, for which there is no open season? See photo and description.
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