Program Meeting – Lewis’s Woodpecker Research

December 12, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Susie Wall

The speaker will be William Blake.

Lewis’s Woodpecker is declining across western US, and a species of concern in Montana. Lewis’s Woodpecker migrates to Montana each spring after spending its winter months in southern US states. In the Bitterroot Valley Lewis’s Woodpecker comes back in late April and nests in lowland forest cottonwoods or dead ponderosa pines. I have monitored Lewis’s Woodpecker nests and breeding habits for the past three years. My study takes place throughout the Bitterroot Valley in multiple areas to compare Lewis’s Woodpecker preferred habitat between burned ponderosa pine forests and riparian cottonwood forests. I am currently working on my Master’s thesis in Wildlife Biology to understand Lewis’s Woodpecker’s reproductive success and habitat selection. I will discuss with you some early findings and will share pictures and stories from my fieldwork.


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