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Southern Adirondack Audubon Society


Protecting the environment through the preservation of natural habitats
 and the advancement of environmental education










       
          Public programs are held in either the Christine McDonald Community Room of the Crandall Library in Glens Falls or in the Harry Dutcher Community Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. 

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                      Library Logo For the Crandall Library:  Directions and a map may be found here.  
**You may call Crandall Library at 792-6508 to see if the library has closed due to weather**

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For the Saratoga Springs Library:  Directions and a map may be found here.  
**You may call the Saratoga library at 518-584-7860 to see if the library has closed due to weather**
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"Sprucing Up the Adirondacks: Managing the Spruce Grouse,
One of New York's Rarest Birds"
with Dr. Angela Ross

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Crandall Library, Glens Falls

A male Spruce
                              Grouse. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, by
                              Michael Woodruff
                              (https://www.flickr.com/photos/217669121/,
                              CC BY 3.0,
                              https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4285213).
A male Spruce Grouse. Photo from Wikimedia Commons,
by
  Michael Woodruff (https://www.flickr.com/photos/217669121/, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4285213). 

SAAS’s next monthly program will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Crandall Library in  Glens Falls. Dr. Angelena Ross will present "Sprucing up the Adirondacks: Managing the Spruce Grouse, One of New York’s Rarest Birds."

Dr. Ross is a Senior Wildlife Biologist for the N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).  Spruce Grouse are endangered and declining in New York due to loss of habitat and low genetic diversity.  

Dr. Ross will discuss the NYSDEC’s management efforts for Spruce Grouse.  In 2008, her team managed habitat in lowland boreal forests to improve conditions for the species. From 2013 to 2018, they captured grouse from Maine and northern Ontario and translocated them into New York to increase numbers and improve genetic
diversity of the remaining Spruce Grouse in New York.

They are currently monitoring translocated grouse with radio telemetry. They’ll determine project success by evaluating home range sizes, annual survivorship rates, and productivity of translocated grouse and determining similarity of these metrics with those of resident Spruce Grouse. If translocations are successful, they will be continued to help improve numbers of birds to promote breeding and boost genetic diversity of resident populations.



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Dr. Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and geology at SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Science degree in Conservation Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). She earned a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology at Clarkson University in 2018. This Spruce Grouse research is part of her Ph.D. work.


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Please avoid wearing fragranced products, to avoid triggering
allergies, asthma and migraines in others attending the programs.  Thank you.

Coming Up!
February 27 - 7p.m.
Saratoga
“Trees, Fungi, and Climatic Dynamics in the Adirondacks”
March 20 - 7p.m.
Glens Falls
"Geolocators and Golden-winged Warbler Tracking"