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Denny Olson

Conservation Education Corner – April 2017

The Metamorphosis by Denny Olson This particular Northern Rockies winter demanded a bit of patience and self-reliance. Without proper clothing and an interest in snow-dependent pursuits, winters like this one can make edgy shut-ins from normally well-adjusted people. Uncommon cold and waist-deep snow established this winter near the end of the “temperate” spectrum, and turned […]

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Spruce Grouse (adult male) - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Spruce Grouse

by Ellen Horowitz Spruce Grouse are known by many names: Franklin’s grouse, Canada grouse, wood grouse, spruce partridge and black partridge. But the name most people think of when they see this forest dweller is “fool hen” due to its unwary nature and reluctance to fly away from humans. However, the bird’s laid-back behavior is what […]

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Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

By Ben Young Nothing says spring like the first flight of northbound Canada Geese. And to me, no bird is more closely aligned with autumn than the Ruffed Grouse. Ruffed Grouse are part of the gallinaceous family of birds. That’s fancy-talk meaning they are similar to chickens. Taxonomists lump them with other grouse, partridge, pheasants, […]

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