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A land manager's guide to conserving habitat for forest birds in ...

A land manager's guide to conserving habitat for forest birds in ...

Why are woodpeckers so

Why are woodpeckers so important? Insects help create snag and cavity trees Wood boring beetle Fungus contribute to wood decay — creates snags and cavity trees Snag — Photo: Teresa Piraino Woodpecker beaks help spread fungus Conks — Photo: Lucas Foerster Nest Woodpeckers create nest cavities which provide homes for other species Hairy Woodpecker — Photo: G.K. Peck Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Eastern Screech Owl Nest/den Flying squirrel Raccoon Escape/shelter Woodpecker nesting cavities — Photo: OMNR Nest Great Crested Flycatcher — Photo: Daniel Cadieux All photos Robert McCaw except the ones noted. 58 Harvesting Effects on Birds

Cedar Waxwings Mourning cloak butterfly Woodpeckers create feeding cavities (i.e., sapwells) that provide food for other species Photo: Lucas Foerster Ruby-throated Hummingbird Red squirrel Woodpeckers, like the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, are believed to operate as keystone species. The very presence of these species contributes to a diversity of life. Keystone species help to support the entire community of which they are a part. Loss of a keystone species would consequently lead to the extinction of other forms of life that depend on the resources or structures they create or maintain. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir Harvesting Effects on Birds 59

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