Red-headed Woodpecker Research and
Photography in Minnesota
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Meeting: 7 p.m.
Program: 7:15 p.m.
Where: Community Activity Center
205 E. Fort Dade Ave.
Brooksville, FL 34601
The Speaker: Siah St. Clair
Siah holds a Master's degree in Environmental Interpretation from Michigan State University and was a nature center director for 42 years until his retirement in 2013. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, is the chapter's field trip chair, and has been the compiler for the North Minneapolis Christmas Bird Count for many years. Of special note, he chairs the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project which is sponsored by the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis. He is also a published author, nature photographer and periodically blogs about nature topics.
Red-headed Woodpecker (RHWO) population numbers in Minnesota (and the upper Midwest) have diminished by more than 80 percent in the last 20 years. All other woodpecker species' populations in this area are increasing. The Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project was formed 10 years ago to inform the public about this decline, to encourage habitat for RHWOs, and to initiate research about them. Almost no research had been conducted on this species, so very little is known about them. The project has color banded nearly 200 RHWOs, conducted nest surveys and observations and, in the summers of 2017 and 2018, have placed transmitters on adults and nestlings to collect more extensive data. This research combines the work of full time academics and more than 35 citizen science volunteers.
The program this evening will show close up pictures of RHWO behavior throughout the year, show activities inside the nest cavity and food items fed to nestlings, and present how the group is conducting the research and what has been learned so far.