Bernheim at 90: American woodcocks thrive at Bernheim

By Bernheim

A plump, secretive bird, the American woodcock (Scolopax minor) thrives in the forest edge and wet bottom lands of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.   The American woodcock uses its long sensitive beak to probe the soil for its favorite food, earthworms.  Unfortunately, like many bird species, the populations of American woodcock have been dropping for several decades throughout the Eastern United States.

In the spring, it is a delight to observe the unique courtship flights of American woodcock.   American woodcock still thrive in the healthy habitats of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

Special thanks to Pam Spaulding, who took these lovely photos at Lake Nevin in the Cypress Tupelo swamp.


In 2019, Bernheim celebrates 90 years of connecting people with nature. At over 25 square miles, Bernheim is the largest privately held forest dedicated to conservation and education in the region. Our arboretum is home to plant collections of over 8,000 varieties, public art, and educational programming for thousands of students.  Our pristine forest hosts hikers and outdoor adventures alongside research and conservation projects which will serve to protect the environment for future generations.

As a 100% member and donor supported organization, we could not fulfill this important mission without you. We hope you’ll continue to support our efforts throughout the next 90 years.  Join or donate by clicking here.


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