Monitoring of Forest Grouse: Challenges and Solutions

Submitted by editor on 14 May 2024.
Photo by Ilse Storch.


Guest Editors: Lance McNew and Christian Hagen.

Rationale: Forest grouse are species of ecologically significant birds found in various forested habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Efficient and unbiased methods for monitoring these species is crucial for understanding their population trends, habitat requirements, and responses to environmental changes. However, monitoring forest grouse presents unique challenges due to relatively low densities, elusive behavior, and population accessibility.

This special issue aims to explore the challenges associated with monitoring forest grouse populations and propose innovative solutions to enhance population monitoring and recovery efforts. We invite authors to submit research articles, short communications, and original synthetic reviews of field and analytical methods related to population monitoring, estimation, and conservation of forest grouse. Example topics might include:

  • Methodological advancements in forest grouse monitoring techniques

  • Comparative evaluations of monitoring protocols and analytical approaches

  • Adaptive population or harvest management systems for grouse

  • Integrating genetic and demographic data into forest grouse conservation programs

  • Evaluations of movements and habitat use to inform proper population management

  • Assessments of population dynamics and trends of forest grouse

  • Case studies and success stories of collaborative forest grouse conservation


Note that papers included in a special issue are on average more downloaded and read than an average paper. By being part of a special issue, your research will get greater visibility and outreach, and ultimately more citations.

Submissions should adhere to the journal's formatting and citation style guidelines. All manuscripts will undergo peer review by experts in the field to ensure scientific rigor and quality. Please note that by submitting a paper to a special issue does to guarantee acceptance of the paper. Once a paper is ready, it will be published on Early View, and therefore does not have to wait on publication until all papers in the Special Issue are ready.

For general information on Article Processing Charges (APC), read more here

Important Dates:

Submissions open 15 May 2024
Deadline for manuscript submission: 1 October 2024

Questions? Email me [at] wildlifebiology [dot] org