US Fish & Wildlife Service

 

Date of this Version

2010

Citation

D.J. Case and Associates (editor). 2010. Priority Information Needs for American Woodcock: A Funding Strategy. Developed for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies by the Migratory Shore and Upland Game Bird Support Task Force. 16pp.

Abstract

Table of Contents

Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Status of American Woodcock . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 1

Priority Information Needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Priority 1. Develop a demographic-based model for assessing American woodcock population response to harvest and habitat management . . . . . . 6

Priority 2. Develop communication strategies to increase support for policies and practices that benefit American woodcock and other wildlife of young forests . . . 7

Priority 3. Improve understanding of migration, breeding, and wintering habitat quality for American woodcock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Priority 4. Improve the Singing-ground Survey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Measuring Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Literature Cited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Appendix A: 2009 Workshop Participants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Figure 1. American woodcock management regions, breeding range, and Singing-ground Survey coverage and winter range . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Figure 2. Annual indices of the number of woodcock heard singing on the Singing-ground Survey, 1968-2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Figure 3.Weighted annual indices of woodcock recruitment for the U.S. portion of the Eastern and Central Management Regions, 1963-2008 . . . . . . . . . 4

Figure 4. Estimated woodcock harvest in the United States, 1968-2008 . . . . . 5



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