Welcome to Woodcock Minnesota
Woodcock Minnesota is a non-profit, volunteer run organization dedicated to funding specific research that benefits the American woodcock in our state. Woodcock Minnesota is comprised of woodcock hunters and woodcock watchers who want to improve the plight of our favorite bird, which also benefits numerous other species that depend on early succession forest habitat.
9th Annual Great Northern Side by Side Event
When: Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation near Little Falls, Minnesota
Please join us for Minnesota's original side by side only shooting event! Your support of this shoot over the years has allowed Woodcock Minnesota to accomplish some great things in the last 18-months! Using money raised at this shoot as matching funds, we've been able to secure over $150,000 in grants through the Heritage Act's Conservation Partners Program. This money is being spent to enhance woodcock habitat on Minnesota public lands. These projects are seen as demonstration areas for habitat managers across the American woodcocks breeding range. This shoot is our main source of annual revenue and we need and appreciate your support!
Registration starts at 7:30 and the shooting will start at 9:00 am sharp. We appreciate your registration in advance of the event so we can do the pairings and plan food accordingly. We'll be done shooting by 3:00 pm this year and the banquet dinner will start at 4:30.
Once again, the cost is $150 payable by cash or personal check. Shooting, lunch, and dinner are included.
For more information or to pre-register call Jim Koehler at (763) 221-5586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodcock Conservation Plan
The American woodcock (Scolopax minor) is a popular game bird throughout eastern North America and is managed on the basis of two populations: eastern and central. Both populations have experienced significant declines since surveys were first implemented in the mid-1960s. Loss and degradation of early succession forest habitat is believed to be the primary factor responsible for these declines. Changes in land use and societal attitudes towards even-aged forest-management practices (i.e. clearcutting) that create early succession habitat will likely contribute to continued declines in woodcock populations. The American Woodcock Conservation Plan documents changes in woodcock densities and habitat that occurred from the early 1970s to present. Population density deficits were calculated and specific habitat acreage goals for erasing such deficits were developed.
There has been a loss of over 839,000 singing male woodcock since the early 1970s. This corresponds to a population-density deficit of just over 778,000 males. Approximately 21.3 million acres (8.6 million) of new woodcock habitat needs to be created in order to eliminate this deficit and return woodcock densities to those observed during the early 1970s.
Greak Lakes Woodcock Initiative
Woodcock are declining as young forest and shrub land habitats decline. American Woodcock populations have declined 2 to 4 percent per year since the early 1970s. Research has documented that the loss of young forest and shrub land habitats is the primary cause of the decline.