The Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus), commonly called "pheasant" throughout the southern Appalachian region, is a popular game bird in the mountains of Virginia. Unfortunately, however, the grouse populations in this State have declined noticeably during the past fifty years. Because of this, special field studies were designed through the cooperation of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U. S. Forest Service, which would provide information that could be used in devising more efficient grouse management practices. As part of this program, I was assigned to investigate the ecology and habits of this species in the Shenandoah Mountains during the spring and summer of 1941. These studies were conducted within the George Washington National Forest in northwestern Augusta County, southwestern Rockingham County, and northeastern Highland County, Virginia.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Ecological study of ruffed grouse broods in Virginia|
|Series title||The Auk|
|Publisher||American Ornithological Society|
|Contributing office(s)||Patuxent Wildlife Research Center|