Distribution of spruce grouse (August "About Our Cover").
Article Type: Letter to the editor
Author: Glover, Beverly
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Publication: Name: The American Biology Teacher Publisher: National Association of Biology Teachers Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Biological sciences; Education Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 National Association of Biology Teachers ISSN: 0002-7685
Issue: Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 71 Source Issue: 8
Accession Number: 246348896
Full Text: I received my August 2009 volume on Friday and was reading it this weekend when I noticed an error in the description of spruce grouse distribution. The caption states, "... only Idaho, Washington, and Montana in the United States boast Spruce Grouse as part of their fauna." As an Alaskan, I can attest to the presence of spruce grouse here and a quick check of Sibley's Guide to Birds shows that they are distributed in Alaska, great portions of Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, New England and parts of Washington, Idaho, and Montana. In addition, foolhen.org gives the distribution of spruce grouse as:

The spruce grouse is widely distributed and secure through much of its range but declining or rare along the southern fringe, particularly in the east. The species is a resident of northern conifer forests ranging from Alaska to Labrador and south into the Upper Great Lakes states, New England and the northern states of the western United States. Thank you for your consideration of this information.

Beverly Glover

Online Biology Instructor

Western Oklahoma State College


There appears to be some disagreement for data on the actual distribution of the spruce grouse, depending upon the source. This is not particularly unusual in biology. Nevertheless, it is recommended that multiple sources for species distribution be consulted.

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