Leopold, Aldo / Research Areas and Projects: Prairie Chicken Investigations 1936-1938
Prairie chicken banding 1937-38b, pp. -
WM. H. LOUTIT C. A PAQUIN GRAND HAVEN, CHAIRMAN EDUCATION PHILIP SCHUMACHER STATE OF MICHIGAN H. R. SAYRE PHILI SCHUACHERFIELD ADMINISTRATION ANN ARBOR F. A. WESTERMAN HARRY H. WHITELEY FISH AND FISHERIES DOWAGIAC MARCUS SCHAAF FORESTRY JOSEPH P. RAHILLY H. D. RUHL NEWBERRY GAME WM. J. PEARSON R. A. SMITH BOYNE FALLS GEOLOGY F. P. STRUHSAKER THOMAS J. MASTERSON LANDS IRON MOUNTAIN P. S. LOVEJOY DEPARTMENT OF CONSERN LAND USE PLANNING HAROLD TITUS W. J. KINGSCOTr TRAVERSE CITY LANSING PARKS P. J. HOFFMASTER. DIRECTOR WAYLAND OSOOD S. G. FONTANNA SEI ETARY DEPUTY DIRECTOR August 26, 1939 Mr. F. N. Hamerstrom Jr. Game Management Division 424 University Farm Place Madison, Wisconsin Dear Hamerstrom: I hope that my delay in acknowledging your l etter of August 4 has not inconvenienced you. The discrepancy in the number of sharptails banded is due to the fact that I did not figure in the four birds that died before they were liberated. In other words, we have banded 92 but 4 of those died before they were released. No additional bandings have been made since that report. This summer we continued the nest hunting census work by the use of C.C.C. crews through the middle of July. However, we found that the boys were contacting only two or three broods on the average and did not feel that we were getting enough information to justify the expendi- ture of time. We are continuing the horse-back census work throughout the summer and plan to carry it on at least until the deer season which started the middle of November.- I have the impression that our popula- tions in Michigan are probably still too low to justify intensive re- search on nests and broods. Perhaps when the cycle is at the peak, such studies will prove more fruitful. We are glad to learn that you are writing a paper on the re- cent prairie chickenm and sharptail work in central Wisconsin. We would be anxious to see a carbon copy if any are available. Sincerely yours, H. D. Ruhl, In Charge Game Division F1B:WE By F. M. Baumgartner
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