11th American Woodcock Symposium

American Woodcock


11th Woodcock Symposium
October 24-27, 2017

Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
Roscommon, Michigan


We are pleased to announce the 11th Woodcock Symposium scheduled for October 25-27, 2017 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon, MI. Since the last symposium in 2006, timberdoodle enthusiasts have completed considerable work in Woodcock research, management, and conservation. The time is ripe to gather once again to share what has been accomplished over the past 10 years and to plan for the future of woodcock management. Please join us in October 2017 to rekindle old friendships and to share the latest information about woodcock! Registration materials will be available in early 2017.


The symposium paper sessions will focus on the priorities identified in the 2010 Publication – Priority Information Needs for American Woodcock, A Funding Strategy. The priorities identified in the publication were:

  1. Develop a demographic-based model for assessing American Woodcock population response to harvest and habitat management,
  2. Develop communication strategies to increase support for policies and practices that benefit American woodcock and other wildlife of young forests,
  3. Improve understanding of migration, breeding, and wintering habitat quality for American woodcock, and
  4. Improve the American Woodcock singing-ground survey.

A copy of the full strategy is available at: https://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/pdf/surveys-and-data/Info-Needs-American-Woodcock.pdf


The American Woodcock Symposia are the preeminent North American conference for presenting and discussing research findings and management issues pertaining to the conservation of the American woodcock. The Symposia got their start in the 1960s when wildlife biologists, managers, and administrators convened at workshops in Minnesota (1966), Louisiana (1968), and Maine (1969) to discuss the management of and recent research about woodcock.  These meetings continued through the 1970s, formalized as Symposia, and occasional presentations on research and management of European woodcock were added. This year’s Symposium marks the 11th iteration of formal information exchange for the conservation of “the little russet fellow”.

Daily Events:

Tuesday, October 24 – Arrival, evening networking social

Wednesday, October 25 – Presentations, evening networking social

Thursday, October 26 – Presentations, evening networking social

Friday, October 27 – Morning Presentations, Afternoon Presentations open to the public, joint banquet with the American Woodcock Society's Woodcock Celebration & Challenge (link)

More details to follow, made available in the Symposium Program that will be available below soon!

Symposium Program - FULL EVENT AGENDA

How to Get There - Maps

Traveling with Dogs? - Antler Creek Kennel is located nearby in Luzerne, MI - Also, the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center has pet-friendly lodging available.

Registration and Reservations - CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION

Sponsors of the 11th American Woodcock Symposium include :

Platinum Sponsors:

  • Purina
  • Hal & Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation
  • L.L. Bean
  • MI DNR
  • American Woodcock Society & Ruffed Grouse Society

Gold Sponsors:

  • Cabela’s
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Silver Sponsors:

  • Elizabeth, Allan, and Warren Shelden Fund
  • SportDOG
  • U.S. Geological Survey - Ecosystems
  • Wildlife Management Institute
  • Woodcock Limited
  • Woodcock Minnesota/MN Pineridge Chapter of American Woodcock Society

For more information please contact:

Andrew Weik (Ruffed Grouse Society) tel: 607-793-4832 or andyw@ruffedgrousesociety.org

Tom Cooper (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) tel: 612-713-5338 or Tom_Cooper@fws.gov

Al Stewart (Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources) tel: 517-282-1913 or stewarta1@mighigan.gov

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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