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PRESS RELEASE

Ruffed Grouse Society
451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA 15108
www.ruffedgrousesociety.org

September 1, 2015
For Immediate Release

American Woodcock Society and Ruffed Grouse Society Ask Hunters and Birders to Participate in Woodcock Migration Mapping System

Coraopolis, Pa -- The American Woodcock Society (AWS) and Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) are asking hunters, bird watchers and outdoorsmen/women to participate in the National American Woodcock Migration Mapping System, an online tool to track the fall and spring migrations of the American woodcock. Woodcock enthusiasts are encouraged to enter their woodcock sightings and activity reports from September 1 through April 30, 2016.

According to AWS and RGS Public Education Manager Ron Burkert, “This mapping is provided to display the progress of American woodcock migration so that hunters and birders have an idea when the birds should be in their area.  Data is collected and displayed on daily maps. Historical maps of the prior day, week, month and season are also available.”
 
The mapping system relies on daily migration data provided by hunters, bird watchers and outdoorsmen/women. Users simply enter the zip-code for the area where the woodcock activity occurred, select if the activity is light, medium, heavy, or at its peak and submit. A link is provided to access the USPS Zip-code look up based on the nearest town to the activity.
 
This is the tenth year AWS and RGS are providing this real-time tracking of the annual American woodcock migrations, having initiated the maps in 2006.

The feature is available from the AWS and RGS home page www.ruffedgrousesociety.org or directly at www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/migration-map.


Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society are North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS and AWS work with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

Information on RGS and AWS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.

Media Contact:
Matt Soberg, 218-232-6227
MattS@ruffedgrousesociety.org
 

Mission Statement

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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