The American Woodcock Migration Mapping System

In the 1960’s we had the Space Race, in the 1990’s we had the computer race, and in the new Millennium we had the cell phone race. A new race is underway, and that is the telemetry race, which Woodcock Limited has now entered by providing our first two telemetry units.

The difference between the Telemetry Race and all others is that ours is collaborative. The goal shared by several organizations and associations is to outfit as many of our favorite game birds with a tracking unit no larger than a quarter. Together, we can study woodcock travel patterns from their nesting to their wintering grounds. Research provided through the study provides insights into the mysteries that surround a unique bird.

Watch along as information is updated each business morning. Because the current map is interactive, it takes a few moments to load. And the results that you will see? Well, they’re more than worth the wait.

The project is funded by USGS Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, USGS Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Other cooperators providing assistance and funding are: The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, The Glassen Foundation, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, and the University of Arkansas.

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Fall 2015 Migration – GPS Tags

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Fall 2015 Migration – Satellite Tags

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Fall 2014 Migration

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Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Migration

Click on map image to interact. Please note map takes a moment to load. Use the date selector to the right to pinpoint a particular day’s location.

Spring 2015 Migration

Click on map image to interact. Please note map takes a moment to load. Use the date selector to the right to pinpoint a particular day’s location.

Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Migration

Click on map image to interact. Please note map takes a moment to load. Use the date selector to the right to pinpoint a particular day’s location.