Ashley Huinker (MS student) and Craig Campaeu (field technician) demonstrate how we mount radio transmitters on woodcock hens. Birds are initially located using pointing dogs in cooperation with many volunteers from the Michigan Woodcock Banders. Transmitters on the hens and chicks allow us to relocate individuals through the season and assess their survival and use of habitat. This research is a collaborative effort between the QWC and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, investigating how local- and landscape-scale habitats influence the reproductive success of woodcock.
Capture, handling, and auxiliary marking protocols are approved and permitted by the Animal Care and Use Committee at Michigan State University and a Federal Bird Banding and Marking Permit.