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Critical review of the current knowledge of the biology of the American woodcock and its management on the breeding grounds

Biological Report 16

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Edited by:
Jerry R. Longcore and Greg Sepik

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Abstract

We critiqued previous work on the biology and management of the American woodcock (Scolopax minor) on the breeding grounds. We determined that little is known about habitat variables and weather extremes that may limit the population. Most investigators who attempted to define habitat requirements of the woodcock used inadequate sample sizes, limited the duration of their studies, did not account for effects of weather, or failed to adequately measure habitat variables. Furthermore, the effects of hunting on local or regional populations has never been adequately studied. We concluded that obtaining data to understand the biology of the woodcock and the effects of hunting is essential before managers can reverse the long-term decline of woodcock numbers.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Title:
Critical review of the current knowledge of the biology of the American woodcock and its management on the breeding grounds
Series title:
Biological Report
Series number:
16
Year Published:
1993
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher location:
Washington, DC
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
vi, 139
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Proceedings of the Eighth American Woodcock Symposium
First page:
98
Last page:
104