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Title: Factors affecting breeding season survival of red-headed woodpeckers in South Carolina

Author: Kilgo, John C.; Vukovich, Mark

Date: 2012

Source: The Journal of Wildlife Management 76(2):328-335

Publication Series: Journal/Magazine Article (JRNL)

Description: Red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) populations have declined in the United States and Canada over the past 40 years. However, few demographic studies have been published on the species and none have addressed adult survival. During 2006¨C2007, we estimated survival probabilities of 80 radio-tagged red-headed woodpeckers during the breeding season in mature loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) forests in South Carolina. We used known-fate models in Program MARK to estimate survival within and between years and to evaluate the effects of foliar cover (number of available cover patches), snag density treatment (high density vs. low density), and sex and age of woodpeckers. Weekly survival probabilities followed a quadratic time trend, being lowest during mid-summer, which coincided with the late nestling and fledgling period. Avian predation, particularly by Cooper¡¯s (Accipiter cooperii) and sharp-shinned hawks (A. striatus), accounted for 85% of all mortalities. Our best-supported model estimated an 18-week breeding season survival probability of 0.72 (95% CI = 0.54¨C0.85) and indicated that the number of cover patches interacted with sex of woodpeckers to affect survival; females with few available cover patches had a lower probability of survival than either males or females with more cover patches. At the median number of cover patches available (n = 6), breeding season survival of females was 0.82 (95% CI = 0.54¨C0.94) and of males was 0.60 (95% CI = 0.42¨C0.76). The number of cover patches available to woodpeckers appeared in all 3 of our top models predicting weekly survival, providing further evidence that woodpecker survival was positively associated with availability of cover. Woodpecker survival was not associated with snag density. Our results suggest that protection of ¡Ý0.7 cover patches per ha during vegetation control activities in mature pine forests will benefit survival of this Partners In Flight Watch List species.

Keywords: accipiter, cover, know-fate models, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, mortality, radio telemetry, red-headed woodpecker, snag density, survival

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Kilgo, John C.; Vukovich, Mark 2012. Factors affecting breeding season survival of red-headed woodpeckers in South Carolina. The Journal of Wildlife Management 76(2):328-335.

 


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