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Tuesday, February 7 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Seasonal Movements of Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis Canadensis) on the Huron-Manistee National Forest in Northern Michigan

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AUTHORS: Taylor R. Ross, Wittenberg University; Anna C. Siegfried, Wittenberg University; Scott A. Warsen, US Forest Service; Kimberly A. Piccolo, US Forest Service; Richard S. Phillips, Wittenberg University

ABSTRACT: Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) typically inhabit northern coniferous forests and are associated with short-needled pine trees. The Huron-Manistee National Forest is along the southern edge of spruce grouse range, with habitat for the spruce grouse thought to consist primarily of dense, mid-successional forests 15 to 40 years old which were previously occupied by Kirtland’s warbler. Wildfires and habitat management providing a young age class of jack pine forest are thought to benefit both Kirtland’s warbler and spruce grouse. To develop a baseline of habitat use by spruce grouse prior to prescribed fire, two spruce grouse were outfitted with radio-transmitters and monitored during a 7-month period from September 2015 to July 2016.  Locations were collected via triangulation and generated using Location of a Signal (LOAS). Movement analysis were conducted in ArcGIS using the ArcMET extension. A total of 102 locations were collected, with distances between locations averaging 611 m for the female and 512m for the male. The majority of locations were in jack pine, with 54 of 55 locations for the male and 41 of 47 for the female. Of the jack pine locations, 88% of locations occurred in stands 24 years of age or younger. Post burn data will be collected and compared to current information. 

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

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