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    For the Birds

    Woodcock Limited

    A hunter looks over typical southern New Jersey woodcock habitat. (Photo/J. J. Faux)
    A hunter looks over typical southern New Jersey woodcock habitat. (Photo/J. J. Faux)
    As part of a recent decision by the Board of Directors of Woodcock Limited to pursue a more focused approach to habitat work, Secretary/Treasurer Dennis LaBare has been working with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to seek funding for habitat restoration in southern New Jersey.

    “We have a long history of working together,” said LaBare. “Our Pennsylvania Chapter has held a joint workday with the NWTF in the Northeast Region for a decade. Many of the same folks actively help both organizations. We see habitat-synergy when we work together, and that’s a synergy we want to expand on.”

    Explaining the new approach, LaBare continues, “We’re looking at identifying areas where there is both a real need, as well as a real potential, to make a significant difference in habitat restoration and creation. That’s why we’ve chosen one of the bird’s key staging areas — and one of the most storied regions of the Eastern Flyway — to begin our work.”

    Habitat restoration and creation would benefit not just the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge but also the entire New Jersey south shore region.

    “We see this as a vital part of the Atlantic Flyway; significant habitat restoration would greatly enhance the survivability of the American woodcock here, both for the bird’s staging purposes and also for the times when the birds decide to winter over and not migrate any farther. And woodcock wintering in southern New Jersey seems to be occurring more commonly,” noted LaBare. “Because of the way we operate, being a small organization, every penny raised can be put directly into habitat work to benefit the woodcock and the various other species occupying the same habitat. The NWTF has been improving habitat for decades and is recognized as one of the leaders in national conservation. We believe that partnering with them will enable the scope of Woodcock Limited’s habitat work to be greatly expanded — to the benefit of the woodcock and the sixty-five plus other species which utilize the same habitat.”

    For more information on how you can help us help the woodcock in southern New Jersey or to join us in our efforts to create a mosaic of sustainable habitat to aid the American woodcock across its range: info@woodcocklimited.org or 570-435-3487.

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