Join Us For The 11th Annual Breeding Bird Blitz:
Red-Headed Woodpecker Blitz

This year we're trying something new – 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. 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. The project is led by Dale Crusoe, a red-headed woodpecker researcher in our 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.

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.

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 North, Central and West: Alan Anderson
Southwest Cook County: Wes Serafin 708.460.7333
Southeast Cook County: Al Thomas 708.957.9847
DuPage County: Margie Busic, 630.789.3628
Kane County: Chris Madsen 630.492.0049
Kankakee County: Marianne Hahn
Lake County, IL: Bonnie Duman 847.542.4468
McHenry County: Stacy Iwanicki
Eastern Will County: Al Thomas 708.957.9847
Western Will County: Lee Witkowski

Plant people, contact Karen Glennemeier to participate. 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.

The pre-Blitz dinner will be held at Danada house mansion, 3S501 Naperville Rd, Wheaton on April 17 from 6:30 – 8 pm. This pot luck is a treat from the organizers and the BCN, but if you have a special dish you would like to share, please bring it – email Judy Pollock.

Our project organizers are Dale Crusoe, Lee Ramsey, Becky Rossof, Judy Pollock, Karen Glennemeier, and James Daley.

Sponsored by the Bird Conservation Network and Audubon Chicago Region