This webpage was created by Joe Schmutz on 3 May 2023. His mentors were Fredeick & Frances Hamerstrom who studied under Aldo Leopold. They instilled some of the same values and methods they learned in Joe. He is proud to attempt to follow in their footsteps.

He shares some details about his time with the Hamerstorms.

On May 1 & 2, 2023 Joe and his friend and colleague Ken Belcher, conducted a count of sharptail grouse on dancing grounds around Perdue, Saskatchewan. They have bee tracking these leks and grouse numbers for a number of years.

Frances and Frederick Hamerstrom, better known as Fran and Hammy, spent most of their careers studying Greater Prairie Chickens on the Leola Marsh in Wisconsin. So Joe is continuing that tradition in a small way in Saskatchewan.

Photo by Joe Schmutz

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For further information, e-mail Joe Schmutz.