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Subject: Endangered woodpeckers caught-driven to new home Date: 10/20/2012 11:27 AM
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I really admire our efforts to save disappearing animals and plants in general. But how much can we move animals around while we are destroying habitat and decimating populations in other ways? It seems like a hopeless endeavor when we have so many issues such as climate disruption which will destroy all of us in the end. I don't think that is alarmist. I think it is accepting what climate scientists believe about what will happen by the end of this century; some believe it will be even earlier.

Endangered woodpeckers caught, driven to new homes in South
http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-10-19/endangered-woo...
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The birds’ preferred habitat is longleaf pine, which once covered 90 million acres from Texas to Virginia. Logging left fewer than 3 million acres, in fragmented chunks. Without enough good habitat, the birds went on the endangered list in 1970.
They’ve been found nesting in cavities as low as 12 feet and as high as 50 feet from the ground. They drill holes around the tree so sap will leak out, making the trunk too sticky or slick for rat snakes, their biggest predator.
They nest in breeding groups, with up to four males helping incubate and feed the chicks from a breeding pair. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that the number of such groups across 11 southern and southeastern states had risen from 5,627 in 1995, to 6,105 in 2006 and more than 7,000 now. Because the groups are so variable, there’s no good total population estimate, McDearman said.
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