Survey and Habitat Work Changes for Northern Pennsylvania

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – April 14, 2020 – The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) takes the COVID19 public health concern seriously, and thus has modified its woodcock singing ground surveys and habitat work for the spring of 2020. “The Allegheny and Upland Bird Hunt Chapters are still going to do our woodcock singing ground surveys out of Clermont for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), but our woodcock surveyors will be doing the woodcock counts independently,” said John Dzemyan, Survey Coordinator for the RGS in northern Pennsylvania. “We normally meet and share a potluck meal, hand out the forms, and catch up with old friends. We can’t do that this year. I mailed the forms to all the surveyors and asked them to do the woodcock counts following the protocol set up by the USGS,” said John.

The earliest date for surveys to start will be April 15.

“We were not able to obtain any seedlings for our planting projects this year because of the COVID19 concern, so all spring plantings have been cancelled,” said John Dzemyan. “Our planned habitat work for this summer, if the COVID19 regulations are relaxed here in northern Pennsylvania, will be to do fence maintenance on our habitat cribs for wildlife.”

This fence maintenance will be in the Clermont area. Contact wlhab@windstream.net if interested in helping with fence maintenance this summer.