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flight feathers by cutting the wing off at the wrist joint.
Or, just send the entire wing. To submit samples: First,
lay feathers on a window sill to dry out. Do not mail wet.
Next, wrap the dried sample in one or two layers of paper
towels for mailing. Do not place the feathers or wing in
plastic wrap or baggies for shipping. This leads to rot and
the U.S. Postal Service will reject the package. Next, add
a note with date, county, township and WMU of kill. Then
mail it to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau Wildlife
Management; 2001 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg PA 17110-9797.
Also, if you hunt grouse in the state's Northeast, Southeast,
Southcentral or Southwest regions, we'd like to ask you a few
questions about grouse and hunting. Please email us at ra-comments@pa.gov
and we'll talk. Thanks in advance for your help and interest.
- Lisa Williams, Biologist, Game Birds Section
Get into it: The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an annual bird survey conducted
from Dec. 14 through Jan. 5 by volunteer birders. It is an outdoor tradition for
hundreds of Pennsylvanians to participate in at least one CBC each winter.
Coordinated by the National Audubon Society, the CBC is a
series of "count circles" that are specific to an area and 15
miles wide. Even beginners can participate, helping out the
experienced birders. This survey not only collects valuable
data on winter-bird populations, but is a lot of fun, too.
Hardy participants find as many birds as they can in their
designated section of a count circle. In 2014, there were 76
count circles completed and 162 species were found across
the state. Each count circle engages in friendly competition
to get the longest species list, but each participant has his or
h e r own moments that are fondly remembered. In recent
counts, charming Carolina wrens have showed positive trends, but others are heading in the other direction.
Carolina wrens used to be found only regularly in southern
counties, but they were located in all but one of the count
circles last year. The 2015 count also was notable for the
pine siskin invasion. These seed-cone specialists were found in 51
count circles with the most found in the Emporium circle. Cackling Goose numbers reached a new high with 44 found from 14 circles. The data generated from
CBCs are used in many scientific publications and are invaluable for research,
to bird conservation organizations like Audubon, and to the Game Commission
which keeps tabs on winter bird populations. If you have the time and inclination, maybe you'll consider joining a CBC team for the upcoming counts. Google
Christmas Bird Count to learn how to get involved. Thanks for your interest in
CBCs and wild birds.
- Doug Gross, Supervisor, Endangered and Threatened Birds Section
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