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Grouse feathers wanted


September 18, 2020

Spruce grouse hunters in northern Minnesota’s boreal forests are being asked to voluntarily submit feather samples for a genetics research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the University of Minnesota.

The study will use grouse genetics to form a baseline of data to establish how spruce grouse currently use the landscape and to identify changes in habitat connectivity over time.

Spruce grouse are a climate- sensitive species that rely on boreal forest habitats containing black spruce, jack pine and tamarack — all of which are e...

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