Archive for September 23rd, 2011

Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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The red-cockaded woodpecker is an endangered species found in the East Texas Piney Woods region.

Wildlife biologist, Ricky Maxey, says the red-cockaded woodpecker is unique because it’s the only woodpecker that makes its home in live pine trees.

08—It is a keystone representative of the upland pine savannah, so it’s a really fascinating specialized bird.

Because of demands for timber and an increasing urban landscape, there are fewer mature pine savannah forests. And it’s because the woodpeckers are so specialized that they can’t adapt to the changing habitat.

17—It does not adapt to loss of its habitat because it occupies a very specialized niche. That’s one of the primary reasons why this bird became rare to the point that it had to be listed under the endangered species act.

Maxey says, right now, the woodpeckers have a stable population thanks to forest conservation efforts by Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. and Texas Forest Services among others. But even private landowners can do their part by creating suitable habitat for the woodpeckers.

10—If you’re a landowner, you can produce habitat for this species. We’ll be glad to work with any landowner to provide management recommendations to do just that.

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife I’m Cecilia Nasti.