Gifts from the Chippewa

Kelly A. Barrett, Wildlife Biologist, Chippewa National Forest

Winter Wager

There’s an unwritten rule on my place. Don’t shoot the grouse that come into the yard. I didn’t make up that rule, my spouse did, but I’ve come to see the wisdom of it. Living with grouse is one of the fun facts of life about our little farm on the Chippewa. Our place, in combination with the neighboring private and public lands of the National Forest offers a mix of habitat conditions in close proximity, which is what it takes to support ruffed grouse as well as a variety of other wildlife. Hearing the grouse drum out back is one of the rites of spring. Some fall days we get a bird or two around the house and that’s fun, too. A while back I watched one picking off fruit from the wild plums by the wood yard.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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