The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking assistance from hunters.

The DEC is seeking assistance from hunters for a study of the ruffed grouse. Productivity is an important idication of the well-being of the grouse population.

To assess the age and sex composition of the grouse population the DEC is seeking rump, wing and tail feathers from all grouse you harvest in New York during the 2018-19 season.

The ruffed grouse is the state bird of Pennsylvania, and is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a partridge

As part of a state effort to study west nile virus in grouse population, they are also collecting blood samples from hunter-killed birds.

If you would like to participate visit the DEC website, email them at wildlife@dec.ny.gov(using “Grouse Parts Collection” in the subject line), or call (518) 402-8929.