White-headed Woodpecker Monitoring Strategy

The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) and Pacific Northwest Region (R6) are leading the effort to examine habitat suitability for nesting White-headed Woodpeckers, a regional endemic species of the Pacific Northwest and California.  This woodpecker may be particularly vulnerable to environmental change because it occupies a limited distribution and  has narrow habitat requirements. They are year-round residents of dry coniferous forests, typically found in open ponderosa pine forests with mature, cone-producing trees  that provide seasonal foraging resources, and snags and stumps that provide nest cavity substrates. Mature, open, ponderosa pine habitat has declined more dramatically than any other forested habitat of the Interior Pacific Northwest.

Map of white-headed woodpecker monitoring transects

White-headed woodpecker monitoring schematic


 Links to more information:

White-headed woodpecker monitoring overview

White-headed woodpecker monitoring in Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Projects

White-headed Woodpecker Monitoring Strategy

White-headed Woodpecker Conservation Strategy