Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Minnesota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Minnesota Project


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

April 2011 - December 2014


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Division of Migratory Bird Management

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 Publications Publication Date
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 December 2015
Daly, K.O., D.E. Andersen, W.L. Brininger, and T.R. Cooper. 2019. Breeding season survival of American woodcock at a Habitat Demonstration Area in Minnesota. Pages 45-63 in Krementz, D.G., D. E. Andersen, and T.R. Cooper (eds.). Proceedings of the 11th American Woodcock Symposium, University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. DOI:10.24926/AWS.0108. | Download December 2019
Daly, K.O., D.E. Andersen, W.L. Brininger, and T.R. Cooper. 2019. Evaluating techniques for estimating post-breeding-season age ratios for American woodcock. Pages 35-44 in Krementz, D.G., D. E. Andersen, and T.R. Cooper (eds.). Proceedings of the 11th American Woodcock Symposium, University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. DOI:10.24926/AWS.0107. | Download December 2019
Presentations Presentation Date
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. January 2014
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. December 2012
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. February 2013
Daly, K.O., D.E. Andersen, W.I. Brininger, and T.R. Cooper. 2018. Evaluating indices of full-season productivity for American woodcock. 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A. January 2018
Daly, K.O., D.E. Andersen, W.L. Brininger, and T.R. Cooper. 2017. Breeding season survival of American woodcock at a habitat demonstration area in Minnesota. 11th American Woodcock Symposium, Rosscommon, Michigan, USA. October 2017
Daly, K.O., D.E. Andersen, W.L. Brininger, and T.R. Cooper. 2017. Evaluating indices of recruitment for American woodcock. 11th American Woodcock Symposium, Rosscommon, Michigan, USA. October 2017
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
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. September 2014