Timberdoodle Flutter – Thursday, April 15, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Pavilion #7 McDanel’s Launch Area (North Shore) - Moraine
Come join us in pursuit of one of the most unusual birds found in Pennsylvania - the American Woodcock - also known as the timberdoodle, night partridge, bigeye, bogsucker or mudsnipe. With a wingspan up to twenty inches, this chunky bird has big eyes, a very long bill and is very vocal. Timberdoodle numbers have seen a dramatic decline due to loss of young forest habitat over the past decades. However, habitat improvement work is being done here at Moraine to enhance forest and shrub habitat to support a greater diversity of wildlife, including the woodcock. Join guest speaker Jeff Herrick, Habitat Management Biologist with the Wildlife Management Institute, who is spearheading the habitat work here at Moraine to learn the importance of young forest habitats for wildlife, and tips to develop young forest habitat on your land. In addition, a representative of the USDA/NRCS will provide information on funding availability for wildlife habitat practices on private land. After the presentation, set out on a short hike in search of woodcock, perhaps to see the aerial acrobatics of their spring mating ritual, the “Timberdoodle Flutter”. Attendees should bring binoculars, warm clothes, and field footwear. This twilight woodcock flight is weather dependent, so keep your fingers crossed for mostly clear skies and very little wind. Pre-registration Required. To Register call the Park Office at 724-368-8811. Social Distancing Guidelines will be followed. Please bring a facemask or covering.
Thursday, April 15 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Moraine State Park
225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, PA 16051-2031