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1) The original Bird Calls: News and Perspectives on Bird Conservation blog article "Working Forests at Work for Birds" by George Fenwick, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) president, was published by the American Bird Conservancy October 8, 2015 at: RGS and AWS partner with ABC to advance common goals of increased young forest habitat to benefit American woodcock and other young forest wildlife.

As a youngster, I often went to one of the two woodlots on our small farm to unwind and uproot Japanese honeysuckle. I saw how the exotic invasive wound its way up our dogwoods, distorting and strangling them, and I was determined to eradicate it from our woods. It seemed like rewarding work at the time. (Embarrassing admission: I still do this around the house where I live now.)

Now, more than 50 years later and with a better idea of the world's complexities, I can smile at my early efforts and ideas. But those attempts to manage my little patch of woods were the beginning of an important lesson. I have slowly learned that when it comes to forests, management is necessary. Older is not always better; fire and cutting can often be good; and “leave it alone” and “keep people out” are no longer useful management maxims—for forests and for many habitats.

What I have concluded is this: If we want to maintain our bird diversity, we must recognize and manage for the variety of habitats birds need. And to succeed, we need the help of a wide range of people and organizations.

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2) The ABC video "Conservation On Point" and associated short article "Deep In The Minnesota Woods, A Search For American Woodcock" by Aditi Desai posted by ABC on October 15, 2015 at features long-time RGS member and woodcock bander Earl Johnson and Donna Dustin, Minnesota's volunteer woodcock banding coordinator.

American Woodcock are camouflage artists. Hiding on the forest floor, these small, round birds bank on their mottled feathers to protect them and their young from predators.

Woodcock have something in common with another declining species: Golden-winged Warblers, too, require similarly scrubby forest conditions for nesting. That means efforts by American Bird Conservancy and our many partners to actively manage habitat for Golden-winged Warblers in Minnesota also benefits the woodcock.

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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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