Looking for Historic Sage-Grouse Specimens
- Wanted: Historic Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Northern Montana
I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta studying the genetic
structure of Canadian and northern Montana Sage-Grouse. Part of my
project involves comparing the genetic diversity of present and
historic samples. The purpose of this is to determine potential
causes for the decline seen in Canadian Sage-Grouse and to determine
whether Canadian and northern Montana birds form a single population.
I am looking for people with birds killed prior to 1996 in Alberta,
Saskatchewan, British Columbia, or northern Montana (Blaine, Phillips,
and Valley counties). For birds to be used in this study, I need to
know the approximate time period that the bird was killed (e.g.
decade) and approximate location. Samples can be taken from mounted
birds, skins, or collected feathers.
If you are interested in contributing to this research and have birds
that fit these criteria, please contact me by email or mail for a
sample collection kit and instructions. Thank you.
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada