Sep 29, 2010 — State environment officials are asking hunters for more help tracking falling numbers of Ruffed Grouse, one of the most popular game birds in New York.
Michael Schiavone is a wildlife biologist with the Department of Environmental Conservation. He says grouse prefer young forests, and their habitat is aging.
The DEC has been getting good information over the past few years from hunters in the field. And, as he tells Jonathan Brown, this is partly due to the bird's popularity and its distinctive drumming sound.