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Chris Merkord

Woodcock Report

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From the Birding Community E-bulletin, August 2014:
In June, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service published its 2014 American Woodcock Population Status report, a report which includes data from 786 survey routes run in the northeastern U.S. and neighboring Canada. The survey results are intended to estimate the size of breeding populations of this species.

Within the range of the survey coverage, the counts are clustered into two regions, Eastern and Central. The survey for 2014 shows no significant difference from last year in the Eastern Region, but significant decline (i.e.7.3 percent) in the Central Region. Overall, there was a significant decline trend for American Woodcocks in both regions during the 2004-2014 period.

The singing-ground surveys for American Woodcocks have been conducted using the same protocols since 1968. Since 1968 no state or province has exhibited any long-term increases, and the trend since the late 1980s is particularly troublesome.

You can view the full 16-page population status report here: http://tinyurl.com/WoodcockReport

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