Amanda Costello, Cheshire County Conservation District: 603-756-2988 ext. 116
Mark Ellingwood: 603-271-2461
July 9, 2009

American Woodcock Ecology Talk
Explore the life history, breeding behavior, and seasonal habitat use of this unique species. 

Walpole, N.H.  -- On July 29, 2009, at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to the Keene Public Library to meet Wildlife Biologist Mark Ellingwood of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and learn more about the American woodcock.  Ellingwood describes woodcock as being full of spirit, spunk, surprise and mystery. "These unique and diminutive birds truly do fly to the beat of a different drummer."  Ellingwood will discuss the life history of American woodcock, with a particular focus on spring breeding behavior and seasonal habitat use.  Landowners will also have the opportunity to find out how to get funding to help enhance woodcock habitat on their property. 

To register or for more information, contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or  This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is requested.  This event is co-sponsored by the Cheshire County Conservation District, N.H. Fish and Game, and the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service.  If you have special needs in order to participate in this program, please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District (number above). 

Mark Ellingwood is a wildlife administrator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  He has a Masters degree from West Virginia University in Wildlife Management and is a Certified Wildlife Biologist.  Ellingwood has worked as a biologist in New Hampshire for 15 years.  He previously worked as a deer biologist in Connecticut for 9 years, and as a wildlife research associate in New York for 5 years. He resides with his family in Hancock, NH.

The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and sustainable use of  natural resources for the people of Cheshire County by bringing individuals and groups with common environmental interests together to share ideas, resources, and information.  Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole, N.H., working alongside the Natural Resource Conservation Service and other conservation partners.  For more information, contact Amanda Costello at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or email at

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