Fundraiser to install artificial roosts for endangered species, the red-cockaded woodpecker, on the W.G. Jones State Forest.
Forty-four cavity inserts were installed. They will greatly increase the number of roost cavities available for individual RCWs in The Woodland/Conroe area. Hurricane Ike (September 13) tore down three of the roost trees and those cavity inserts were quickly replaced.
An artificial cavity insert box will be installed into a living pine tree on the Jones State Forest to help boost the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker population. The red-cockaded woodpecker is the only woodpecker that constructs its nesting cavity exclusively in living Southern pines. This species is unique in that it requires old, living pine trees to excavate cavities. Research shows that the challenge of locating suitable cavity trees may easily be the single most important component in the woodpeckerâ€™s territory. Inserts are used to add cavities to existing clusters of this woodpecker species.