Grouse Society hires Weik

Posted Oct. 30, 2009, at 11:51 p.m.

The Ruffed Grouse Society announced earlier this week that it has hired a Mainer as its New England Regional Wildlife Biologist.

Andrew Weik will begin his new job in January and will be responsible for implementing the group’s forest management and landowner and land manager education programs in all six New England states.

For the past five years the 45-year-old Weik has worked for the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. He also serves as technical expert on early successsional forest habitat management and its impact on American woodcock population dynamics.

Before working for the USFWS, Weik was the waterfowl and upland game bird program leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

“All of us here at RGS are very excited about the addition of Andrew to our team,” said RGS president and CEO Mike Zagata in a press release. “Andy’s background and experience as a wildlife biologist with the USFWS, as well as his work with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, will help us continue our mission of enhancing the environment for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife that utilize or require thick, young forests created through ecologically sound forest management practices.”

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