There are 16 recognized species of upland migratory game birds in North America. Each species has some unique conservation and management needs yet many have overlapping needs. In 2006 the Migratory Shore and Upland Game Bird Working Group (as part of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies) directed a small group of state, federal, and non-governmental organizations to develop a strategy for identifying and funding research and management needs for upland migratory game birds.

Six separate Strategies, identified below in a library collection, were developed that identify priority information needs for the entire suite of upland game birds. The Strategies provide guidance for research and management activities, and help to increase financial support for the program. Further, the Strategies guide project selection through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Webless Migratory Game Bird Program, which provides cooperative funding for both research and management activities that benefit the 16 species of webless migratory game birds in North America.


Malheur NWR_Sandhill Crane_Roger Baker, USFWS Volunteer
There are 16 recognized species of upland migratory game bird in North America: King Rail, Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail, Sora, Purple Gallinule, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Wilson’s Snipe, American Woodcock, Band-tailed Pigeon, Scaly-naped Pigeon, Zenaida Dove, Mourning Dove,...

For management purposes, migratory sandhill cranes have been grouped into six populations for management purposes, despite their subspecies affiliation: Central Valley, Eastern, Lower Colorado River Valley, Mid-Continent, Pacific Coast (also called the Pacific Flyway), and the Rocky Mountain...

Interim American Woodcock Harvest Strategy

This strategy was developed in 2010 by an interagency Woodcock Harvest Strategy Working Group comprising representatives from the Atlantic, Mississippi and Central Flyways, USFWS, and the U.S. Geological Survey. This strategy was developed to make more informed decisions about woodcock harvest...

American Woodcock Conservation Plan

This plan was developed in 2008 by the Woodcock Task Force through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. It is a summary of and recommendations for woodcock conservation in North America.

A Landowners Guide to Woodcock Habitat Management in the Northeast, May 1994

For nearly five decades wildlife biologists have studied the life history of the woodcock and the factors affecting its welfare. The ultimate aim has been to insure that woodcock can be maintained in adequate numbers, in the face of increasing human demands on natural resources, and with...

Mourning Dove Harvest Strategy

This strategy informs annual harvest management decisions for mourning doves in the three Management Units (Eastern, Central and Western). The strategy was developed by the Dove Task Force using the best available information. The objectives of the strategy are to ensure the long-term...

Mourning Dove National Strategic Harvest Management Plan

This plan provided the framework for what became the Mourning Dove Harvest Strategy. The purpose of this plan was to: (1) promote the concept of coordinated management of mourning doves to insure uniformity of regulatory action and equitable conservation across the species range in the three...

Mourning Dove Banding Needs Assessment

This assessment was prepared by Dr. Dave Otis to determine how many Mourning Doves to band, and in what locations, to reliably estimate annual survival and harvest rate. The goal of the assessment was to determine the banding allocation needed to inform a hypothetical harvest strategy.

Coordinated Spring Survey Of Mid-Continent Sandhill Cranes 2019

This 2019 report provides population status for mid-continent sandhill cranes. Aerial transect coverage includes Nebraska’s Platte and North Platte River valleys. Ground coverage efforts focus in areas of traditional crane use/occurrence within the states of Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas.

Eastern Population of Greater Sandhill Crane Fall 2020 Survey

This report provides summary and survey results for the annual Eastern Population of greater sandhill crane fall survey conducted during the last week of October and early November.