Monday, 14 July 2014

Habitats: post burn forests

Although forests that have burnt may seem disaster zones that are void of life, this is not the case. Bark- and wood-boring beetles thrive in the dead timber and subsequently attract woodpeckers. For example, this burn by Davis Lake in Oregon, USA, currently (July 2014) hosts Hairy and Lewis's Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker and Williamson's, Red-naped and Red-breasted Sapsuckers. The standing snags provide ideal nesting sites adjacent to the beetle food resources.

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