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Tuesday, February 7 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) Drumming Log Preferences Near Tomahawk, Wisconsin

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AUTHORS: Jeffrey Williams Jr., Holly North, Sam Lau, Benjamin Tjepkes, Jason Riddle - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

ABSTRACT: The ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) is an important game species in Wisconsin. We trapped and radio-marked male grouse at drumming sites near Tomahawk, Wisconsin as part of a UW- Stevens Point TWS chapter research project. We located radio-marked grouse from April through August 2016 to identify home range sizes. Next, we identified the number of drumming logs within each grouse’s home range. We also identified logs within home ranges that were not being used for drumming. We compared the following variables between used and unused logs: log species, log dimensions, level of decay, surface of the log (moss or bark), and indicators of grouse activity. Our findings can be used to identify potential limiting factors with regard to log characteristics at our study area.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Lancaster Ballroom

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