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American woodcock singing-ground surveys in the western Great Lakes region: Assessment of trends in woodcock counts, forest cover types along survey routes, and landscape cover type composition

Duration

August 2006 - June 2010

Narrative

American woodcock are monitored via the Singing-ground Survey, which was established in the late 1960s. Since then, survey routes have largely been static, and it is no longer clear whether these routes adequately monitor woodcock abundance across the larger landscape. To assess whether survey routes currently represent the landscape they were initially designed to represent, we assessed patterns in annual counts of woodcock along existing survey routes in Minnesota and Wisconsin, assessed changes in time in land cover types along these routes, related temporal changes in woodcock counts to changes in land cover composition, and compared current cover type composition along routes to current landscape cover type composition. We also compared past cover type composition along survey routes to landscape cover composition. Our results suggest that existing routes largely reflect the cover types of the broader landscape, and also results in counts that track changes in cover types along routes.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Nelson, M.R. and D.E. Andersen. 2013. Do Singing-ground Surveys reflect American woodcock abundance in the western Great Lakes region? Wildlife Society Bulletin 37:585-595. Download  | 

Thesis

  • Nelson, M.E. 2010. American Woodcock Singing-ground Surveys in the western Great Lakes region: assessment of woodcock counts, forest cover types along survey routes, and landscape
    cover type composition. M.S. Thesis, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota U.S.A. 105pp.Download  | 

Presentations

  • Nelson, M.R. and D.E. Andersen. 2009. American woodcock Singing-ground Surveys in the western Great Lakes region: assessment of trends in woodcock counts, land cover types along survey routes, and survey routes representation of the boarder landscape. 70th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Springfield, Illinois.
  • Nelson, M.R. and D.E. Andersen. 2010. American woodcock Singing-ground Surveys in the western Great Lakes region: assessment of woodcock counts, forest cover types along survey routes, and landscape cover type composition. 2010 Joint Meeting of the Minnesota Chapters of The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, Society of American Foresters, and the Society for Conservation Biology, Nisswa, Minnesota.
  • Nelson, M.R. and D.E. Andersen. 2010. American woodcock Singing-ground Surveys in the western Great Lakes region: assessment of woodcock counts, forest cover types along survey routes, and landscape cover type composition. 71st Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • USFWS Region 8

Links

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey