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Status of the Lewis' Woodpecker in British Columbia Cooper, J.M.
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Abstract: The Lewis’ Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) is a large and colourful woodpecker and is one of the more distinctive vertebrates of the dry, southern interior of British Columbia. Its distribution is strongly linked to the distribution of older-aged, open-canopied ponderosa pine stands and riparian stands of large black cottonwood trees, where it generally nests in large, dead or dying trees. Former breeding populations on the coast became extirpated in the 1960s and B.C. interior breeding populations probably have declined, in concert with declines throughout its North American range. The primary threat to this woodpecker is the continuing loss of nesting habitat, specifically through logging of stands of mature ponderosa pine and riparian black cottonwood, and clearing of riparian black cottonwood for urban, agriculture, or road development purposes. The Lewis’ Woodpecker is listed on the B.C. Wildlife Branch Blue List as a sensitive or vulnerable species (B.C. Wildlife Branch 1996) because of small and declinin
 
Cooper, J.M., Siddle, C.; Davidson, G.. 1998. Status of the Lewis' Woodpecker in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Species Status Report. WR91
 
Topic: Species status
Keywords: lewis' woodpecker, melanerpes lewis, species, status, report
ISSN:  Scientific Name: Melanerpes lewis
ISBN: 0-7726-3481-5 English Name: Lewis's Woodpecker
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