AWS/RGS has created a page listing American Woodcock Walks hosted by or known about by RGS/AWS. These are spring events to listen to the male woodcocks’ breeding calls (peents) and to watch their aerial courtship flights. While each event is different, often participants will learn about American woodcock habitat, behavior, and observe the male woodcock’s nuptial flight. It’s a unique experience to see and hear the male woodcock ‘sky dance’ at dusk in the spring. Aldo Leopold wrote in A Sand County Almanac ‘…No one would rather hunt woodcock in October than I, but since learning of the sky dance I find myself calling one or two birds enough. I must be sure that, come April, there be no dearth of dancers in the sunset sky.’
AWS/RGS members attending these are encouraged to wear their AWS apparel and be ready to answer questions and direct interested persons to our website.
If you know about such an event and it is not listed, please provide the details in the form at the bottom of the page.