Banding efforts on the American woodcock is the first line of defense for the conservation of one of our favorite gamebirds.
Since many upland bird hunters call the “Timberdoodle” one of their most favorite game birds, and with East Coast populations in decline, banding them has never been more important.
Watch how conservation-minded individuals take to the field with bird dogs and perform a function that most hunters smile and call: catch and release hunting.
With nets in hand and pointers up front, volunteers comb the area’s most likely to contain these ground nesting birds in hopes of applying the bands that will create a log of woodcock movement and breeding success.
Donna Dustin, Minnesota Volunteer Woodcock Banding Coordinator said, “American woodcock is a shore bird really, but it lives in the woods.”
Truer words were never spoken to those who enjoy the pursuit of this fine bird.
As with most species, when numbers decline and information is needed, leave it to conservation efforts by groups like the American Bird Conservancy to get in the game and get the ball rolling.