Experiment 285 - Habitat Selection and Nesting Ecology of Red-headed Woodpeckers
Red-headed Woodpeckers (RHWO) populations have been in decline in Minnesota and apparently throughout their breeding range. The oak savannas maintained by periodic burns at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve are home to one of the largest breeding populations of RHWO in the Upper Midwest.
Knowledge of basic life history parameters of RHWO is very limited. The first years of the study seek to generate data on habitat use, survival of adults, and nesting success.
The long-term goal of the project is to identify the critical factors responsible for the decline in RHWO populations and to be able to modify habitats to increase Red-headed Woodpecker numbers.
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