Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse, has suffered dramatic population losses due to the statewide scarcity of young forests, and large-scale West Nile virus die-offs. To offset those losses, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has created a tool to identify prime grouse recovery areas. The Grouse Priority Area Siting Tool (G-PAST) identifies areas with landscape features that stave off mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. When combined with information on local grouse populations, G-PAST identifies priority sites where disease risk is low, and probability of grouse benefit is high. The new tool has the potential to be a game-changer in grouse restoration. It supports at least a half-dozen habitat objectives in the Game Commission’s Ruffed Grouse Plan.
2020 dog licenses are now on sale at the Mifflin County Treasurer’s office and other satellite locations throughout the county. All dogs three months or older must be licensed in the county where they are maintained. Lifetime and duplicate licenses will be available only at the Treasurer’s office in the Courthouse. To transfer or replace a lost license, call the Treasurer’s office at 717-248-8439.