NY adopts plan for rare grouse

ALBANY (AP) – The state Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted a long-term plan to restore and expand the population of the endangered spruce grouse.

Spruce grouse were first listed as a threatened species in New York in 1983 and later moved to the to the endangered species list in 1999. The birds are common in Canada, Alaska and Maine, but have declined at the southern edge of their range in New York and Vermont. Both states have recovery plans in place.

Highlights of the plan include managing habitat, reintroducing spruce grouse into selected sites, and conducting research to determine the best source of birds for reintroduction into New York.

DEC biologists will evaluate the feasibility of moving a small number of healthy spruce grouse from Canada to an experimental site in northern New York.