NEW ORLEANS (October 19, 2012)--More than 80 pairs of juvenile red cockaded woodpeckers are being moved from big groups to small groups in forests in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas and to small groups in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.
In Louisiana, eight pairs were moved Monday from the Kisatchie National Forest, four to the Warren Prairie Natural Area in south-central Arkansas, and four elsewhere in the Kisatchie.
Thursday night, biologists caught seven more pairs.
At their new homes, males and females are put into neighboring man-made woodpecker holes.
Artificial holes are needed because few pines are old enough to have soft heartwood, allowing easier excavation by the cardinal-sized woodpeckers.
The birds are found in 11 states.