Tonight the woodcock began displaying while it was still light enough to record video. Typically, woodcock will begin displaying about 15 minutes after sunset. Tonight's sunset took place at 7:15 and the video began at 7:40. At this point the woodcock had been active for several minutes. At least here in New Jersey, woodcock are … Continue reading Watch the Woodcock!
We are officially back in the field for Season 2 of #JerseyDoodles. During the 2018 season, we're continuing to expand our efforts. In 2016 we conducted a regional survey of potential woodcock habitat in across post-industrial and non-industrial habitat in Northern New Jersey. We learned woodcock do in fact use degraded habitat such as … Continue reading 2018 Game Plan
As I did quite a rubbish job updating during the field season this year, I'll pull from where I did update: Twitter. Without further ado, I present: Top Moments of #Jersey Doodles. 10. Ticks & Tea Just had a tick crawl out of my hair and down my face as I was driving home. Ugh. … Continue reading 2017 Woodcock Watch Countdown
This week, I've left the field to attend #AOSSCO17 (The joint meeting of American Ornithological Society and Society of Canadian Ornithologists). Last night I shared the 2016 field season results as the poster session. (When I have the video link I will share that as well.) https://widgets.figshare.com/articles/5271034/embed?show_title=1 To increase participation and interest, I challenged viewers … Continue reading What did we learn from #JerseyDoodles: Pilot Season?
I received this fantastic photo this morning: Not quite the redcoats, but the woodcock are coming and in fact they are already here -- and not just in Newark. Reports of large numbers of American #Woodcock in #NYC due to cold weather in the #USA. We occasionally see urban woodcock here in UK too: https://t.co/ZfwtVX86WS … Continue reading Welcome Back, Woodcock!
To you, your family, and your feathered friends!
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While for many this may be the season for mistletoe, chestnuts, and holly (the first three ecological holiday connections I could think of!), for a field ecologist this is also grant writing season. And what every good ecologist hopes for is that Santa will approve their grants. Today I am launching my first crowd-funded project … Continue reading Tis the Season!
I did! I did! On Thursday, I headed over to Liberty State Park. My mission was to shoot some footage, for a project to launch later this month. I was armed with my cell phone, binoculars, and a mug of tea. (What else does a field biologist really need?) What I really wanted was iconic … Continue reading I Thought I Saw a Woodcock!
This past week, the 6th NAOC (North American Ornithological Conference) was held in Washington DC from August 16-20th with options for workshops the two days prior to the conference and birding excursions for two days following. What is the purpose of a scientific conference? Scientific conferences are typically held annually to share latest results, see … Continue reading Expanding Horizons I