#264 | Birds on the Move: How GPS Technology Illuminates Woodcock Migration

Episode 258

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Nick Larson

Nick Larson is the host and creator of the Birdshot Podcast. He and his family, which includes a pair of English setters, reside in Minnesota where he grew up and fell in love with the outdoors. Naturally, his favorite pursuit is upland bird hunting dating back 25+ years from his humble beginnings as a “partridge” hunter. Today, he chases adventure across the uplands wherever his bird dogs and the people he connects with inspire him to go.

In this episode of the Birdshot Podcast, host Nick and Dr. Erik Blomberg discuss the intricacies of the American Woodcock migration, based on recent research and GPS tracking.

Dr. Blomberg shares insights into the Woodcock’s migration patterns, stopover habitats, altitude during flights, and the impact of weather conditions on their migration. The discussion also covers the use of GPS tracking technology to understand these patterns, including the surprising site fidelity Woodcock exhibit towards breeding and wintering grounds. Furthermore, the conversation delves into the Woodcock’s unique mating behaviors during migration, the flexibility in their habitat usage, and potential conservation implications. Listeners are directed to for more information and real-time data on Woodcock migration.

Show Highlights:

  • Welcome Back to the Birdshot Podcast: Catching Up with Dr. Erik Blomberg
  • Discussing the Unusually Mild Winter Across the Country
  • Woodcock Migration Patterns and Weather Adaptations
  • Deep Dive into Woodcock Migration Research and GPS Tracking
  • The Intricacies of GPS Tags on Birds
  • Harnessing Data: Recovering Tags and Understanding Bird Behavior
  • Genetic Insights from Tagged Birds
  • Migration Patterns and Triggers in Woodcock
  • Habitat Preferences During Migration and Site Fidelity
  • Eastern Woodcock Migration Research Cooperative

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