The State of Black-capped Chickadees
Mountain Birdwatch data suggest that Black-capped Chickadee numbers have increased in the mountains of the northeastern United States 2011. Black-capped Chickadees were not counted during the first ten years of Mountain Birdwatch, so whether recent increases reflect a long-term trend is unclear.
Opportunities for Conservation
The global population of Black-capped Chickadees is large – probably about 41 million individuals are alive at any given time – and they can survive and reproduce successfully even in heavily developed landscapes. As such, Black-capped Chickadees are relatively secure from most foreseeable short-term threats.
What We Can Do to Help
The food that we provide in the form of seed and suet helps Black-capped Chickadees survive cold northern winters. Black-capped Chickadees also need safe places to nest, however, which is something that many backyards lack. Black-capped Chickadees nest in holes, so providing nest boxes is one option. Unless you must for safety reasons, don’t remove dead trees or trees with rotten limbs from your backyard or woodlot; Black-capped Chickadees will excavate nest holes in rotten wood, so keeping dead trees will increase the amount of nesting habitat.