Woodpecker densities in the big woods of Arkansas

Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management
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Sightings of the now-feared-extinct ivory-billed woodpecker Campephilus principalis in 2004 in the Big Woods of Arkansas initiated a series of studies on how to best manage habitat for this endangered species as well as all woodpeckers in the area. Previous work suggested that densities of other woodpeckers, particularly pileated Dryocopus pileatus and red-bellied Melanerpes carolinus woodpeckers, might be useful in characterizing habitat use by the ivory-billed woodpecker. We estimated densities of six woodpecker species in the Big Woods during the breeding seasons of 2006 and 2007 and also during the winter season of 2007. Our estimated densities were as high as or higher than previously published woodpecker density estimates for the Southeastern United States. Density estimates ranged from 9.1 to 161.3 individuals/km2 across six woodpecker species. Our data suggest that the Big Woods of Arkansas is attractive to all woodpeckers using the region, including ivory-billed woodpeckers.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Woodpecker densities in the big woods of Arkansas
Series title Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management
DOI 10.3996/032010-JFWM-006
Volume 1
Issue 2
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 9 p.
First page 102
Last page 110
Country United States
State Arkansas
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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