Threatened Wood Grouse named Bird of the Year
The Czech Society for Ornithology announced the Wood Grouse as the Bird of the Year for 2012, in the Czech Republic found only in the area of Šumava, specifically Šumava National Park. The head of the society, Zdeněk Vermouzek, stated that the fate of the threatened bird depended on lawmakers due to decide on the future of the protected area. Members voted in favour of the Wood Grouse to bring added attention to controversial plans which could damage the local environment, including a planned ski area. Around 300 specimens of the bird nest in the park.