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Game Commission Helps PA State Bird

By Kent Jackson, Staff Writer, Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice

Ruffed grouse don’t grow old, but their habitat does.

The birds, which have a life expectancy of two or three years, need young forests to thrive.

Great Thicket Wildlife Refuge Proposed for Northeast

Over the last 100 years, as shrublands and young forests across the Northeast have been cleared for development or have grown into mature forests, populations of more than 65 songbirds, mammals, reptiles, pollinators and other wildlife that depend on this type of habitat have fallen alarmingly.

Sprucing Up a PA Woodcock Trail

By Mark Nale for the Centre Daily Times, State College, Pa.

The distant rumbling of small gasoline engines could be heard as I exited my pickup in the wooded parking lot just off of Red Rose Road. The man-made noise contrasted with the soft tranquility of Shavers Creek, flowing nearby. The Penn State Experimental Forest in Stone Valley is home to the Woodcock Trail, and I was there to meet with volunteers working to infuse new life into the once-popular walking path.

NJ Habitat Project Gives Endangered Songbirds Reason to Sing

By Kristen Pakonis, for the Parsippany NJ Daily Record

On a Sunday morning in August, we stood knee deep in a sea of goldenrod, raspberries, grasses and sedges, on the edge of a young forest in the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Largest Addition to PA State Forest System in 65 Years

A significant young forest restoration project continues to expand on the 25,000-acre Clermont Tract in northern Pennsylvania’s McKean County. With guidance from the Wildlife Management Institute and funding from the Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation, conservationists planted 12,400 seedlings in 2015, the project's sixth year. The planting is part of an ongoing effort to improve wildlife habitat and to monitor wildlife populations, including the American woodcock and other young forest species.

How Migrating Birds Avoid Predators While Fueling Up

Birds stopping for a break during their grueling migratory flights face a difficult tradeoff: They need to fuel up with food as efficiently as possible, but they need to avoid predators while they do it. To learn more about how they make these choices about food availability and predator risk, Jennifer McCabe and Brian Olsen of the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute spent two years capturing birds during fall migration along the coast of Maine.

Federal Government Takes New England Cottontail Off List of Species Considered for Protection

The Associated Press, Published 9/11/15 5:08 PM

DOVER, New Hampshire — Public and private conservation efforts have helped the New England cottontail rebound to the point where it can be taken off the list of species under consideration for protection, the federal government said Friday.

University of Arkansas Scientists Study Woodcock Migration

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Biologists are using a federal grant to continue tracking the migration of the familiar American woodcock, a bird that is slowly disappearing across eastern North America.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded nearly $50,000 to the U.S. Geological Survey Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, housed in the University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences, for a woodcock-monitoring project that began in 2013.

Songbird Projects Could Pay Off for Hunters in WV

By Chris Lawrence, West Virginia Metro News

FLATWOODS, W.Va. — Wildlife can be a very intricate web. The balance of an ecosystem is among the most perfect balances in all of nature. Therefore, it shouldn’t be shocking when a program which is designed to benefit the tiny cerulean warbler should be of utmost interest to guys trying to kill a wall hanger buck each fall.

Dances With Woodcock: Mating Ritual Predictable, Exciting

By John Holyoke, Bangor Daily News
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TOWNSHIP 32, MAINE — Brad Allen knows quite a bit about a lot of different birds. But thanks to the predictability of one of his favorite species — the American woodcock — the longtime wildlife biologist sometimes stuns unsuspecting spectators with what amounts to an outdoor parlor trick.