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The U.S. Army Corps Engineers' Philadelphia District will temporarily close the Francis E. Walter Dam Road (between Bear Creek Road and Route 940) from 7 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Friday for repair work.

The Army Corps of Engineers is repairing the shoulders of the road during this time.

The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is again providing access to its National American Woodcock Migration Mapping System – an online tool to track the migrations of the American woodcock.

Hunters and bird watchers are encouraged to enter their woodcock activity reports this fall and winter.

As the birds return north, bird dog trainers and bird watchers again will be able to enter reports until April 30.

In partnership with Waterfowler.com, RGS started providing real-time tracking of the annual American woodcock migrations in 2006; it has continued each year since.

The advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping system relies on daily migration data provided by hunters and bird watchers.

Users enter the zip code for the area they're reporting on, select if the woodcock activity in that area is Light, Medium, Heavy, or at its Peak and submit.

A link to access the zip code look-up based on the nearest town name to the activity is provided.

According to RGS Webmaster Ron Burkert, "This mapping is provided as part of a mapping tool for various waterfowl groups, doves and American woodcock.

Data is collected and displayed for 24-hour periods. Historical maps of the prior day, week, month and season are also provided.

Links to the feature are available from the Society's home page ( www.ruffedgrousesociety.org) or directly at www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/migration-map," adding, "a new twist developed, tested and improved in 2011-12, will make reporting more convenient via Android phones."

Waterfowler.com produced a Migration Map app that is available free for the Android platform.

This mobile app keeps in constant touch with the daily Migration Map and also allows input of woodcock and waterfowl activity reports from the field at any time.

To download the app, click the Migration/waterfowler.com button on the RGS mapping page or visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eyephonegroup.waterfowler. An iPhone app is in the works.

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