The other day my local newspaper ran a letter from a realtor who is supporting a proposed housing development of 1400 acres. He dismissed the effect on wildlife due to the destruction of habitat that will ensue by saying that the animals will just move. “The hawks will just move elsewhere to find food.” This …

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Woodpecker Drumming

There are approximately 240 species of woodpeckers in the world, distributed in a variety of habitats across the world, excepting Australasia and Antarctica. Although they make oral sounds- calling- they use drumming – pecking rapidly at a tree, post, metal chimney – to defend their territories. There is an excellent article, Evolutionary and Biomechanical Basis …

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