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SJRWMD to install new homes for rare woodpeckers

Call it urban renewal for endangered birds.

Tuesday, St. Johns River Water Management District staff will begin inserting new man-made homes for endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers into 32 pine trees at Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park in east Orange County.

A district communications coordinator will be available to answer media questions and provide photo and video opportunities.

What: Bird House Installation for Endangered Birds

When: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

9:30-11:30 a.m. Where: Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park

Directions:

From Orlando: Head east on State Road (SR) 50 to SR 520. From SR 520, turn west into the Wedgefield subdivision on Macon Parkway. Turn left on Bancroft Boulevard, right on Meredith Parkway, left on Dallas Boulevard. The park entrance is 1.6 miles from the Meredith/Dallas intersection, on the right. There is an exit for Dallas Boulevard from the BeeLine Expressway east-bound.

The red-cockaded woodpecker is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. Their markings include a black cap and nape, a back that is barred black and white, and a white belly with black spots on its sides and flanks. The male has a small, red spot behind the eye (the "cockade").

The biggest threat to the birds' existence is their diminished habitat. While other woodpeckers will bore out cavities in dead trees, the red-cockaded woodpecker is the only one to make its home in live trees, primarily mature longleaf pines.

Additional Contact Information

Teresa Monson

St. Johns River Water Management District

(904) 730-6258
tmonson@sjrwmd.com