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Male Spruce Grouse. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Mdf, Wikipedia Commons
Male Spruce Grouse. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Mdf, Wikipedia Commons

DEC unveils spruce grouse plan

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State officials say they hope to save endangered spruce grouse, one of the most iconic birds in the Adirondack Park.

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Under a plan released by New York's Conservation Department, more habitat would be protected in the northwestern corner of the Adirondacks. 

That's where most of the region's boreal spruce-fir forests are found.

Biologists say they may also reintroduce more of the birds from Canada, where populations remain strong.

In a statement, DEC assistant commissioner Kathleene Moser said the spruce grouse is an important part of the Park's biodiversity.

Without some kind of plan, biologists say the birds could go extinct in the region this decade.

A 30-day comment period on the spruce grouse recovery plan continues through March 1st. 

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