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The American Woodcock: Learn Habitat Tips to Manage Your Land

Forbes State Forest
Event organized by Forbes State Forest

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Join our free family fun event at Forbes State Forest as we search the recently managed habitat for the American Woodcock (aka Timberdoodle). Observe the magnificent aerobatics and “sky dance” performed during their courtship display!

The event will begin at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday April 19, 2018 at the large parking lot on the corner of Camp Run Road and Route 381, in Donegal Twp., Westmoreland County. Attendees will be provided
with a short presentation detailing recent management efforts to benefit the American woodcock and many other “Young Forest” wildlife species. A short tour of managed sites will be led by DCNR, Bureau of Forestry, a habitat biologist from the Wildlife Management Institute, and the regional biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society. Along the way wildlife enthusiasts and landowners will hear about opportunities and assistance to enhance forest and shrub habitat on their fields and forests to attract a greater diversity of wildlife.

We thank the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for their financial support of this 240-acre habitat project, the California University of Pennsylvania for their leadership with the habitat work and monitoring program, PA Game Commission for assistance and expertise with the project management plan, and the equipment support from the USFWS, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

Attendees should bring binoculars, warm clothes, and field footwear. This twilight flight is weather dependent; so, keep your fingers crossed for mostly clear skies and very little wind. Call the Forbes State Forest office at (724-238-1200) with any questions. We hope to see you there!