Best Management Practices - Upper Great Lakes

Best Management Practices (BMPs) represent effective ways to create and renew young forest for woodcock and other wildlife that need this important habitat. Download Best Management Practices for the Upper Great Lakes.

In general, woodcock thrive when the four different kinds of habitat that they need lie close to each other. We can manage relatively small tracts for woodcock, if all of the habitat types are present or if those habitats exist on neighboring lands. In fact, creating habitat on relatively small private holdings is key to bringing the timberdoodle back: Just because a landowner doesn't own hundreds of acres doesn't mean he or she can't do a lot to benefit woodcock.

On a larger or landscape scale, the goal of habitat management is to create a mosaic of quality habitat capable of supporting 500 woodcock. Research by conservation biologists suggests that 500 individuals in a population will likely ensure that population's viability. Studies done in areas managed intensively for woodcock show that a unit of 500 to 1000 acres should support approximately 500 woodcock.