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The Ruffed Grouse

May 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Adirondack Life

Ruffed Grouse - Bonasa umbellus
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I just read over at Adirondack Lifestyle about her encounter with a Ruffed Grouse.  I also had an encounter with one last Saturday, but it was far less violent.  We were cleaning up around some old stone walls when “JT” heard a strange noise – sort of a thrumming.  Well, about 2 feet in front of his face he spotted this nesting grouse.  Normally, these birds take-off pretty quick, but this one would not move.

Birds are great…for eating! If there was such a thing as an “Adirondack Chicken”, then this is it.  I haven’t had the pleasure.  When it comes to appreciating birds, most would agree that Audubon is a good reference.  I’ve always found his descriptions to be a wonderful read, only lacking in recipes:

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The Ruffed Grouse – J. J. Audubon

(Old Wall, Adirondacks)

More Info:

Ruffed Grouse – Wikipedia

Ruffed Grouse – Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Wood Grouse – Audubon: Early Drawings

Hunting the Adirondack Grouse – The Outing magazine 1910

Ruffed Grouse Shortage – 1918 Annual Report – New York Conservation Commission

The Adirondack Grouse – Francis Sterne Palmer

Ruffed Grouse Society – Check the Banquet schedule.

Chicken of the Woods

Ruffed Grouse – Wild Chicken of the Adirondacks

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Our Great National Playground

May 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Adirondack Life

The Adirondacks - Our Great National PlaygroundMemorial Weekend is the traditional beginning of our Summer travel season here in the Adirondacks.

It’s not like we will be overrun, but most popular trailheads will be packed.

Plan ahead, check the Current Conditions, and consider hiking trails outside the High Peaks Area. Stay Safe – maybe I’ll see ya out there!


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Victoria Weekend in the Adirondacks

May 15th, 2009 · No Comments · News


If you are planning to recreate in the Adirondacks this Victoria Day weekend, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation asks you to please remember the following:

HIGH USAGE LEVELS: Visitors to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness should be aware that trailhead parking lots and interior campsites will often fill to capacity on Victoria Day weekend.  Please plan accordingly and seek backcountry recreation opportunities in other areas of the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

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