Join Us For The 12th Annual Breeding Bird Blitz:
Red-Headed Woodpecker Blitz

This year we're following up on last year’s very successful Blitz – we want to get a good idea of the distribution of the rapidly-declining population of red-headed woodpeckers in our region, and the habitats they are using. We need another year to check all the sites where woodpeckers have been sighted in past years – we didn’t get to all of them in 2012. The information we gather will be shared widely to promote conservation of this classic bird of our savannas. The goal is to find each woodpecker pair nesting in the Chicago region.

Spend a Few Fun Mornings Helping our Birds

All are welcome. If you can identify the red-headed woodpecker by sound and sight, please join us! Also, people who can identify the trees in the area where we find nests are invited to join.

2013 results

46 monitors
47 sites
32 confirmed nesting pairs
108 RHWOs total

Required: one to three morning visits to a preserve during May to search for breeding pairs, at least two or three subsequent morning visits between May and July to describe activities seen at the nest tree.

IF YOU FOUND A NEST LAST YEAR, it would be great if you could make one follow-up visit to that nest and also take on a new site if you can.

Please check out our list of sites where the birds have been observed – do you know of others?

For more information about how the Blitz works, please see:

Instructions and Information:

Data Forms:

Birders, please contact a county coordinator to sign up for the Blitz and/or to add a site to our list:

Cook County: Alan Anderson
DuPage County: Margie Busic, 630.789.3628
Kane County: Chris Madsen 630.492.0049
Lake County, IL: Bonnie Duman 847.542.4468
McHenry County: Stacy Iwanicki
Western Will County: Lee Witkowski

We are planning thorough coverage of the counties above. If you live in a different county in the Chicago Region, you are welcome to participate – just let us know which site you are visiting and download the forms from the internet.

Our project organizers are Lee Ramsey, Becky Rossof, Judy Pollock, Suzanne Checchia, Brendan McCooey, Karen Glennemeier, Lois Shelgren, Marilyn Schweitzer and James Daley.

Sponsored by the Bird Conservation Network and Audubon Chicago Region