SageSTEP Newsletter Issue 32: Pinyon jay decline has roots in pinyon-juniper removal
Pinyon jays present both a conservation challenge and a paradox. While the species has declined, its preferred habitat (pinyon-juniper woodlands) has expanded, and in some areas to a large extent. It seems that population declines are not a function of reductions in habitat amount, but are related to changes in habitat quality. Up to now research on the species has been paltry,
and so details about the trend have only recently begun to surface.