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Assessment of techniques for evaluating woodcock population response to best management practices applied at the demonstration area scale

Duration

April 2011 - December 2014

Narrative

American woodcock are a species of conservation concern, having experienced long-term population declines over much of their breeding distribution in eastern North America. Prescriptions for increasing woodcock abundance focus on managing landscapes to provide breeding habitat, but there is little information that can be used to evaluate the success of those efforts. We are evaluating abundance, habitat use, and survival of American woodcock in relation to habitat management at the landscape (demonstration-area) scale in northwest Minnesota, with collaborative projects in Maine and New York. Results of this study will inform landscape-scale management for American woodcock and other species that use similar landscapes.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Daly, K.O., D.E. Andersen, W.L. Brininger, and T.R. Cooper. Breeding season survival of American woodcock at a Habitat Demonstration Area in Minnesota. 11th American Woodcock Symposium Proceedings.
  • Daly, K.O., D.E. Andersen, W.L. Brininger, and T.R. Cooper. Evaluating techniques for estimating post-breeding season age ratios for American woodcock. 11th American Woodcock Symposium Proceedings.
  • Daly, K.O., D.E. Andersen, W.L. Brininger, and T.R. Cooper. 2015. Radio-transmitters have no impact on survival of pre-fledged American woodcocks. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:345-351. DOI: 10.1111/jofo.12117 Download  | 

Thesis

  • Daly, K.O. 2014. Assessment of techniques to evaluate American woodcock population response to best management practices applied at the demonstration-area scale. M.S. thesis, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.Download  | 

Presentations

  • Daly, K.O., D. E. Andersen, and W.L. Brininger, Jr. 2012. Effects of radio transmitters on survival of juvenile American woodcock. 73rd Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Wichita, Kansas.
  • Daly, K.O., D. E. Andersen, and W.L. Brininger, Jr. 2013. Effects of radio transmitters on survival of juvenile American woodcock. 2013 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Walker, Minnesota.
  • Daly, K.O. and D.E. Andersen. 2014. Are indirect estimates of American woodcock recruitment useful proxies for direct estimates of recruitment? 2014 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Kansas City, KS.
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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

  • Division of Migratory Bird Management

Links

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey