Scientific Name Common Name Global Rank State Rank Federal Status WI Status Animal Group

Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)








Photo by Ray White


Counties with Mapped NHI Occurrences

Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus), listed as Special Concern, prefers tamarack, recently burned pine, and other mixed conifer stands. The recommended avoidance period is May 1 - July 20.


Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) are associated with habitats (or natural communities) and places on the landscape. Understanding relationships among SGCN, natural communities and ecological landscapes help us make decisions about issues affecting SGCN and their habitat and how to respond. Download the Wildlife Action Plan association score spreadsheet to explore rare species, natural communities and ecological landscape associations

Conservation actions respond to issues or threats, which adversely affect species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) or their habitats. Besides actions such as restoring wetlands or planting resilient tree species in northern communities, research, surveys and monitoring are also among conservation actions described in the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan because lack of information can threaten our ability to successfully preserve and care for natural resources.