Help Protect Red Headed Woodpeckers on the Bruce
The BPBA is continuing to monitor and document four breeding pairs of the endangered Red Headed Woodpecker on the Peninsula. Thanks to Mike Bulter and Wendy Rodgers for helping spot them. The overall number of these birds has been declining in recent years. As a result, the federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recommended in 2018 that the Red Headed Woodpecker's species at risk status be increased from threatened to endangered. The driving factor behind this decline is the habitat losses that have occurred throughout Southern Ontario. Red headed Woodpeckers tend to breed in large, standing, dead or dying trees (where they can make cavities), especially those that are close to open areas, meadows and grazed pastures that provide for the species’ insect-centered diet. However, this habitat is increasingly threatened. It is for this reason that the BPBA is looking to generate funding for a habitat enhancement stewardship program.