The American Woodcock Singing-Ground Survey is conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Canadian Wildlife Service, state and provincial agencies, and volunteers each spring throughout the woodcock breeding range in the US and Canada. This survey exploits the conspicuous courtship behavior of the male woodcock, which consists of an aerial display and sounds produced by vocalizations and wingbeats during a spiraling, descending flight. Counts of singing male woodcock along numerous routes in the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada provide an index to woodcock abundance, and are used to estimate woodcock population trends for states, provinces, management regions, and the continent. The survey is the major source of information considered in the annual setting of woodcock hunting seasons. These data can also be used to examine the effects of weather, landscape change, and other factors on woodcock population abundance.

Contact Information

Wildlife Biologist
Migratory Birds
Additional Role(s)
Data Administrator,
American Woodcock Singing-ground Survey National Coordinator,
American Woodcock Wingbee Coordinator,
Branch of Monitoring and Data Management Technical Team Member,
Migratory Bird Program Website Team Member,
Migratory Bird Program Data Management Team Member
Laurel, MD

Documents

AmericanWoodcockStatusReport21

The American woodcock is a popular game bird throughout eastern North America. The management objective of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is to stabilize woodcock populations, while ultimately returning the population to a level that occurred in the early 1970s (Kelley et al. 2008)....

AmericanWoodcockStatusReport20

The American woodcock (Scolopax minor) is a popular game bird throughout eastern North America. The management objective of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is to stabilize woodcock populations, while ultimately returning the population to a level that occurred in the early 1970s (Kelley...

AmericanWoodcockStatusReport19

The American woodcock is a popular game bird throughout eastern North America. The management objective of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is to stabilize woodcock populations, while ultimately returning the population to a level that occurred in the early 1970s (Kelley et al. 2008)....

AmericanWoodcockStatusReport18

The American woodcock is a popular game bird throughout eastern North America. The management objective of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is to stabilize woodcock populations, while ultimately returning the population to a level that occurred in the early 1970s (Kelley et al. 2008)....

AmericanWoodcockStatusReport17

The American woodcock is a popular game bird throughout eastern North America. The management objective of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is to increase populations of woodcock to levels consistent with the demands of consumptive and nonconsumptive users (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

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