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Photo tip: This ruffed grouse is easy to keep in focus if you train your camera on the eye. (Steve Maanum / For the Enterprise)

From Backyards to Backwoods: Feathers show phases of growth in grouses

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The column is called "From Backyards to Backwoods "and since we were in the backyard last week talking about hummingbirds, it's only right that we travel to the backwoods this week to discuss ruffed grouse.

While teaching 7th grade science, there were several years I brought a freshly harvested grouse into the classroom. I began by showing students the size, shape, and coloration of the bird.

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