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Program: Pileated Woodpeckers in Seattle's Urban Areas

Wait. Aren't these supposed to be birds of the forest? UW Wildlife Scientist Jorge A. Tomasevic looks into why they're in Seattle and how they're doing.

  • Program Night
When June 27, 2013
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Event Location Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
Street Address 308 4th Ave. S.
City Kirkland
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Contact Name Eastside Audubon Office
Contact Email
Contact Phone 425-576-8805
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Most of us think the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) as a mature or even old-growth forest species. Right? That's why we use them as indicators of forest health.

But we have a new neighbor on the block: Pileated Woodpeckers are using suburban areas in the greater Seattle region. Why is this? How are they doing? Are they successful, or are they just the remains of a past population that's using what is left of the forest that has been taken over by housing development?

Let's meet UW Wildlife Science Group PhD Candidate Jorge A. Tomasevic and share his experiences with this species in this unusual setting.

Jorge came to the United States as a Fulbright Fellow from Chile. From the cold forests of Patagonia to the arid desert of Atacama, from native forests struggling with exotic pine plantations to the heights of an island in the Pacific Ocean or up high in the Andes, Jorge has participated in several research projects dealing with the ecology and conservation of forest birds and endangered species in Chile and, now, in the Pacific Northwest.

Pileated Woodpecker at Juanita Bay Park, by Mick Thompson

The mission of Eastside Audubon is to protect, preserve and enhance natural ecosystems and our communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people.