#265 | The Art and Science of Woodcock Banding: A Deep Dive into Techniques, Challenges, and Upcoming Workshops

Episode 259

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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.

Joined by Bailey Petersen of the MN DNR and Jerry Havel of Pineridge Grouse Camp and Upland Gun company, on this episode we explore the multifaceted practice of woodcock banding with pointing dogs.

Learn about the challenges, and logistics of woodcock banding, including the impact of weather on migrations, the importance of choosing suitable sites, and the role of trained dogs. A brief discussion of Earl Johnson’s legacy and impact on the Woodcock banding community is followed by the specifics of the bird banding process, emphasizing the need for federally regulated practices and detailed data collection for conservation efforts. Our guests also provide information on upcoming bird banding workshops, addressing logistical considerations and encouraging community engagement.

Show Highlights:

  • The Intricacies of Woodcock Banding and Bird Behavior
  • Remembering Earl Johnson: A Pillar of the Woodcock Banding Community
  • The Evolution and Expansion of Woodcock Banding Programs
  • Citizen Science and the Future of Woodcock Conservation
  • The Science and Art of Banding: Techniques and Dog Training
  • The Intricacies of Bird Banding: A Deep Dive
  • From Field Observations to Genetic Studies: Unraveling Bird Diets
  • The Role of Permits in Wildlife Research and Conservation
  • Becoming a Bird Bander: Eligibility, Training, and Equipment

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