What's thinning the eggshells of some sharp-tailed grouse in Minnesota?

Oct 4, 2017

Sharp-tailed grouse
Credit USFWS Mountain-Prairie/Flickr

The irony isn't lost on those who study these things.

Neonicotinoid pesticides were developed originally because they were thought to be less toxic to birds and wildlife than other options.  

The effects on pollinators are becoming widely examined  - and they're troubling - but now the MN DNR is into the third year of a study to see what happens to sharp-tailed grouse exposed to the chemicals.

And they're asking Minnesota grouse hunters to help them collect samples.

  Hunters who want more information on how they can take part in the study can find it here:

When the results of the survey are published, you can find them and other wildlife research summaries here: