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Help Needed With New Grouse Study: Last fall, the Game Bird Section initiated a study of ruffed grouse recruitment, which, in management terms, is the
recruitment of young animals into a population and consequently an important
driver of population trends. Grouse population
declines have been documented throughout Pennsylvania and appear to be especially pronounced
in the state's southern regions. By replicating a
recruitment study conducted in Pennsylvania
during the 1970s and '80s, we should be able to
determine if grouse recruitment has changed over
time in our northern and southern tiers. In the first
year of this study, Grouse Hunter Cooperators were
asked to submit outer primary wing feathers, a central
tail feather, and two to three rump feathers, along with
habitat information. The goal is to collect a representative sample of harvested
birds from throughout the state, with at least 1,000 samples in total. We could
really use your help! If you hunt grouse and would like to enroll as a Grouse
Cooperator, please call 717-787-5529. - Lisa Williams, Game Bird Biologist
Bald Eagle Sightings: The enthusiasm folks have for wildlife in general and the
bald eagle in particular makes the dry, tedious part of my job worthwhile. We
tell people the bald eagle nesting season gets started in December, but the birds
don't read the rules and work on their nests anytime of the year. Four different
people forwarded their observations to me in October hoping to help us find
new nests. Sometimes what folks see isn't enough to locate the nest. Ideally, we
need to find the nest itself, or see the birds carrying nest material. But knowing
adults are in the area can still help keep local observers motivated while the
eagles put on a good show. - Patti Barber, Endangered Birds Specialist
Swift Action in Lititz: The chimney swift spends its life flying high above our
suburban towns capturing and eating pesky flying insects. In late summer, after the
breeding season and before their annual migration to South America, chimney
swifts will congregate and roost at night in large colonies in certain chimneys.
One such chimney is in Lititz, Lancaster County. I've spent many September
evenings taking my family and friends to see the tornado-like vortex of chimney
swifts circling the chimney at dusk and watching as the birds take turns fluttering
down into the chimney for the night. I never knew exactly how the birds emerged
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