CORAOPOLIS, Pa.(WBNG Binghamton) -- The Ruffed Grouse Society is again providing access to its National American Woodcock Migration Mapping System -- an online tool to track the migrations of the American woodcock.
According to a news release:
Hunters and bird watchers are encouraged to enter their woodcock activity reports this fall and winter. As the birds return north, bird dog trainers and bird watchers again will be able to enter reports until April 30.
In partnership with Waterfowler.com -- the online authority in waterfowl migration tracking -- RGS started providing real-time tracking of the annual American woodcock migrations in 2006; it has continued each year since.
The advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping system relies on daily migration data provided by hunters and bird watchers. Users simply enter the zip-code for the area they're reporting on, select if the woodcock activity in that area is Light, Medium, Heavy, or at its Peak and submit. A link to access the USPS Zip-code look up based on the nearest town name to the activity is provided.
According to RGS Webmaster Ron Burkert, “This mapping is provided as part of a mapping tool for various waterfowl groups, doves and American woodcock. Data is collected and displayed for 24-hour periods. Historical maps of the prior day, week, month and season are also provided. Links to the feature are available from the Society’s home page (www.ruffedgrousesociety.org) or directly at www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/migration-map,” adding, "a new twist developed, tested and improved in 2011-12, will make reporting more convenient via Android phones."