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Multi-resolution assessments of foraging requirements of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker Picoides borealis in Bienville National Forest, Mississippi

Duration

October 1996 - August 2000

Narrative

We examined annual and seasonal home ranges of 41 Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) groups from 1997 to 1999 in a Mississippi loblolly (Pinus taeda) and shortleaf (P. echinata) pine forest. Adaptive kernel annual home-range estimates ( = 43.1 ± 6.3 ha) were more conservative than maximum convex polygon estimates ( = 58.4 ± 4.5 ha). Mean non-nesting season home ranges were 15–20 ha greater than nesting season home ranges. Home ranges were smaller during nesting and increased during the post-fledging period. Compositional analysis revealed that Red-cockaded Woodpeckers selected habitats disproportionate to their availability annually and seasonally. Red-cockaded Woodpeckers selected pine sawtimber, pine poletimber, pine regeneration, and hardwood sawtimber habitats in that order. Home range appears to be a factor of landscape composition and inversely related to habitat quality.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Wood, D. R., F. J. Vilella, and L. W. Burger, Jr. 2001. Red-cockaded Woodpecker Banding at Bienville National Forest, Mississippi. North American Bird Bander 26:16-19.
  • Wood, D. R., F. J. Vilella, L. W. Burger, and J. W. Armacost. 2003. Surveying nocturnal bird species of the Southeast with silent and playback methods. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 55:528-533.
  • Wood, D. R., L. W. Burger, Jr., and F. J. Vilella. 2005. Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) behavioral patterns in a Mississippi loblolly-shortleaf pine forest. Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences 50(3):168-176.
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Technical Publications

  • Wood, D. R., L.W. Burger, Jr., and F. J. Vilella. 2001. Multi-resolution assessment of foraging requirements of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) in Bienville National Forest, Mississippi. Final Report, U. S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 223 pp.

Thesis

  • Doug R. Wood. 2001. Multi-resolution assessment of foraging requirements of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) in Bienville National Forest, Mississippi. Dissertation, Mississippi State University. 223 pp.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 247

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 266

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 722

Scientific Publications: 1960

Presentations: 4355

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • National Forests of Mississippi

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