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Red-Cockaded Woodpecker


Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis)

Principal Biologist(s)

Greg Hagan, Mike Phillips

Project Location

Avalon Plantation, Florida

Conservation Problem

Population decline due to habitat destruction, degradation, and resulting fragmentation.

Conservation Status

Listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act

Project Goals & Objectives

The goal of this project is to restore 20 – 25 breeding groups to the Avalon Plantation in northern Florida that can persist with minimal management. Once the population goal is achieved, the Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) intends for Avalon to become a donor site for the species’ Southeastern Translocation Strategy.

To achieve these goals, our annual objectives include:

  • Restoring abandoned clusters by providing ≥ 4 artificial cavities per abandoned cluster.
  • Establishing recruitment clusters by installing ≥ 4 artificial cavities per recruitment cluster.
  • Using fire to maintain RCW habitat suitability.
  • Pre-burn mowing (2 acres) around all clusters to protect cavity trees from prescribed fire.


Project Background