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Re: NFC: Fw: DEN Alert: Help Protect a Rare Florida Bird Species
> The red-cockaded woodpecker was once a common
> species across the
> southeastern coastal plain of Florida. Once
> thriving in open,
> mature pine forests, the bird has lost more than 95
> percent of its
> habitat since pre-settlement times. Today, what
> remains of its
> habitat is highly fragmented and often of poor
> quality. What has
> been particularly devastating to this bird has been
> the loss of
> important nesting sites high up in the old pines
> where nestlings
> would be safe from predators.
These birds suffer from human land use changes. There
are few "old pines" now because they are worth too
much money. Much of the birds habitat is now tree
farms who harvest trees while stll small. Or worse the
forest has been cleared for other use. These birds
need all the help they can get if they are to survive.
Boo Radley, Saraland, Alabama
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