Timberdoodle, bog snipe, brush snipe, Labrador twister - these are just a few of the aliases of the American woodcock. Perhaps the least-known "game bird" in Oklahoma and Texas, the woodcock is a member of the wading bird family, Scolopacidae, which includes common snipe, plovers and killdeer.
It has been well documented that bobwhite habitat has steadily decreased and habitat fragmentation has increased. In 2006, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered together to improve bobwhite habitat on a landscape level with a program called the Quail Habitat Restoration Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program.
To increase quail numbers, the factor limiting their numbers must be identified and corrected. In most years and in most situations, plant food production is generally not the limiting factor. Thus, disking seldom increases bobwhite abundance because it does not address the issues that usually limit bobwhite numbers. However, food availability can limit quail numbers.
An understanding of duck food preferences is important when managing impoundments and wetlands to attract migratory ducks. Dabbling ducks and wood ducks are the focus of most duck hunters and duck habitat managers in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas.
Planting season is upon us, and it is time for growers to determine which pesticide management program best meets their needs. The trend for organic pest control has been increasing steadily over the...