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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

The overall objective is to better understand the relationship(s) between changes in counts of woodcock on Singing-ground Surveys in Minnesota and Wisconsin and forest land cover. We assessed patterns in annual counts of woodcock along existing survey routes, 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. Specific project objectives/tasks are as follows:
- Assess patterns in annual counts of American woodcock along survey routes in Minnesota and Wisconsin
- Assess changes through time in land cover types along Singing-ground Survey routes in Minnesota and Wisconsin
- Relate temporal changes in land cover types to woodcock counts
- Compare current cover type composition along routes to current landscape composition, and if possible, compare past cover type composition along routes to past landscape composition

Research Products and Activities

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: 102

Masters Students: 247

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 266

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 722

Scientific Publications: 1960

Presentations: 4355

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • USFWS Region 8

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