The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker


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ISBN-13: 9780292726277
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard N. Conner is Research Wildlife Biologist at the U. S. Forest Service Southern Research Station in Nacogdoches, Texas.

D. Craig Rudolph is Research Ecologist at the U. S. Forest Service Southern Research Station in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Jeffrey R. Walters is Bailey Professor of Biology at Virginia Tech.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Frances C. James
  • Acknowledgments
  1. An Introduction
    • A Brief History
    • The Southern Pine Ecosystems
    • Change across the Landscape
    • Woodpecker Populations Plummet
    • The Tide Begins to Turn
    • An Unknown Future
  2. Fire-Maintained Pine Ecosystems
    • History of the Southeastern Forests
    • The Longleaf Pine Forest
    • Other Southern Pines
    • The Animal Community
    • A Summary Perspective
    • Threats to the Fire-Maintained Ecosystem
  3. Evolution, Taxonomy, and Morphology of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker
    • Evolution
    • Taxonomy
    • Morphology
    • Parasites
  4. Red-cockaded Woodpecker Distribution: Past and Present
    • Distribution Prior to Recorded History
    • Recorded Historical Distribution
    • The Logging Era
    • The Modern Era
    • The Extent of Population Decline
    • The Current Population
  5. Cavity Trees in Fire-Maintained Southern Pine Ecosystems
    • Cavity Construction in Live Pines
    • Resin Wells
    • Cavity Competition and Kleptoparasitism
    • Cavity Tree Selection
    • The Cavity Tree Cluster
  6. Social Behavior and Population Biology
    • The Cooperative Breeding System
    • Evolution of the Social System
    • Population Dynamics
    • Population Viability
    • Reproduction
    • General Behavior
    • Territories and Aggression
    • Vocalizations
  7. Foraging Ecology of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers
    • Foraging Substrates
    • Foraging Behavior
    • Diet
    • Sexual Dimorphism in Foraging Behavior
    • Foraging Requirements
    • Relationships with Other Insectivorous Birds
  8. Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Bark Beetles: A Love-Hate Relationship
    • Forest Landscape Interactions
    • Dynamics of a Beetle Infestation
    • Beetle Epidemics
  9. The Causes of Population Declines
    • The Decline of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker as a Carrying Capacity Problem
    • The Role of Foraging Habitat
  10. Extinction, Legal Status, and History of Management
    • Extinction
    • Early Roots of Conservation Efforts
    • Designation of Endangered Status and Initial Guidelines
    • Expansion of Scientific Information and Refinement of Management Guidelines
    • Litigation
    • Red-cockaded Woodpeckers on Military Bases
    • Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Private Lands
    • The Dawn of a New Era
    • Development of New Woodpecker Management Guidelines
  11. State-of-the-Art Management
    • The New Management Strategy
    • The Optimistic and Pessimistic Futures
    • New Management Policies
  12. An Uncertain Future
    • Conflicts with Other Conservation Priorities
    • Conflicts with Other Land Use Priorities
    • Legal Challenges
    • Prospectus
  • Appendix. Common and Scientific Names of Species Mentioned in Text
  • Selected References and Additional Readings
  • Index

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