Links and Papers

Further reading and resources for you to pursue. This is not an exhaustive list. It will be updated as our Research Committee continues their review of current research.


 Quick Links

Audubon Watchlist: Red-headed Woodpecker.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Red-head page.

Cornell Birds of Forested Landscapes Red-head page.

Red-headed Woodpeckers in Ontario: Research.


Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery

Publications from the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery team. Many thanks to all the contributors who have generously provided information, photos and resources.

Two page bulletin with background information on red-heads, population trends and what you can do.

Adobe Icon Save that Snag! Information on why wildlife trees are important and what you can do to preserve them.

Adobe Icon Wanted Poster. A fun public relations piece to show what red-heads look like and highlight that they need our help.

Adobe Icon Best Management Practices for Private Landowners

Adobe Icon Best Management Practices for Public Land Managers

Adobe Icon Best Management Practices for Golf Courses


Scientific Articles, Papers, Books

General Species Information

Smith, K. G., J. H. Withgott, and P. G. Rodewald. 2000. Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus). In The Birds of North America, No. 518 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

-- 28 pages of red-head info. Available online to subscribers only: Courtesy Preview.

-- Can also be found in many libraries or purchased here: Buteo Books.

Habitat Management

King, R. S., K. E. Brashear and M. Reiman. 2007. Red-headed Woodpecker nest-habitat thresholds in restored savannas. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(1):30-35. Abstract.

King, R. S. and W. Mueller. 8/2005. The return of the loud redheads. Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine. Return of the Loud Redheads.

Rodewald, A. D., M. J. Santiago, and P. G. Rodewald. 2004. Conservation of red-headed woodpeckers on midwestern golf courses. USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online 3(15):1-7. Red-headed Woodpeckers on Midwestern Golf Courses.

Cristol, D. A. and A. D. Rodewald. 2005. Introduction: Can golf courses play a role in bird conservation? Wildlife Society Bulletin 2005, 33(2):407-410. Can golf courses play a role in bird conservation?.

Rodewald, P. G., M. J. Santiago, and A. D. Rodewald. 2005. Habitat use of breeding redheaded woodpeckers on golf courses in Ohio. Wildlife Society Bulletin 2005, 33(2):448-453. Abstract.

The Savanna Oak Foundation, Inc. Oak Savanna Restoration and Management.

Belwin Conservancy. Restoring Oak-Savanna.

Wildlife Trees

Excellent information regarding the value of wildlife trees. Animal Inn: There’s life in dead trees.