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Distribution and habitat of the red-cockaded woodpecker in Big Cypress National Preserve [electronic resource].

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Date Issued:
1981-03
Summary:
Surveys in 1979 and 1980 revealed that pine forests of the Big Cypress National Preserve (BICY) support a sizable and largely unsuspected population of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, a federally-listed endangered species. All colony activity centers and nesting/roosting cavities were located in stands of old-growth slash pine, but birds from several colonies foraged primarily in cut-over areas of younger pines. Because pine logging operations left frequent small patches of original forest within the cut-over section, in addition to the substantial areas not touched by logging, habitat acceptable to the Red-cockaded Woodpecker now occurs throughout much of the pine forest area of BICY.
Title: Distribution and habitat of the red-cockaded woodpecker in Big Cypress National Preserve [electronic resource].
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Alternative Title: Red-cockaded woodpecker in Big Cypress Report T-613.
Name(s): Patterson, Gary A.
Robertson, William B., Jr
South Florida Research Center
PALMM (Project)
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Technical Report.
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1981-03
Publisher: Department of the Interior, National Park Service, South Florida Research Center, Everglades National Park
Place of Publication: Homestead, Fla.
Physical Form: electronic resource
Extent: 137 pages, illustrations, maps; 28 cm.
Language(s): English
Summary: Surveys in 1979 and 1980 revealed that pine forests of the Big Cypress National Preserve (BICY) support a sizable and largely unsuspected population of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, a federally-listed endangered species. All colony activity centers and nesting/roosting cavities were located in stands of old-growth slash pine, but birds from several colonies foraged primarily in cut-over areas of younger pines. Because pine logging operations left frequent small patches of original forest within the cut-over section, in addition to the substantial areas not touched by logging, habitat acceptable to the Red-cockaded Woodpecker now occurs throughout much of the pine forest area of BICY.
Summary: Survival of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker colonies located in remnants of the original forest within cut-over areas, about one-third of the known population, depends on the survival of enough of the mature pines until trees in the second-growth stands reach adequate size for woodpecker cavities. Severe fires which may kill mature pines and dense hardwood invasion of pine stands in the absence of fire seem to be the major ecological influences limiting available habitat. Realization that the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers of the BICY are a major, peripheral population unit of this endangered species emphasizes the need for completion of the population survey and initiation of biological studies.
Identifier: 58397395 (oclc), FI00472613 (IID), 993414 (digitool), fiu:721 (fedora), AAA7134QF
Note(s): Gary A. Patterson and William B. Robertson, Jr.
Includes bibliography: pages 74-78.
Electronic reproduction. [Florida] : State University System of Florida, PALMM Project, 2005. (Everglades online collection) Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Internet connectivity; Web browser software; Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print PDF files. Electronically reproduced by Florida International University from a technical report held in the Green Library at Florida International University, Miami.
Subject(s): Red-cockaded woodpecker -- Florida -- Big Cypress National Preserve
Woodpeckers -- Florida -- Big Cypress National Preserve
Rare birds -- Florida -- Big Cypress National Preserve
Birds -- Florida -- Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress Swamp -- 3090204
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/tc/feol/FI00472613.pdf
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/tc/feol/FI00472613.jpg
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Host Institution: FIU
Has Part:
(OCoLC)07702900
Is Part of Series: Report (South Florida Research Center) ; T-613.
Is Part of Series: Everglades online collection.