“The average species persists for something like ten million years. Because this cycle of emergence/extinction has been in place for more than three billion years, vastly more species have been lost to extinction than exist today. Very infrequently, a whole bunch of niches will close at the same time, triggering what is known as a mass extinction.”
The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Author Hope Jahren
“The Everglades were always a topic, but now they promised to become more than that. They promised to become a reason for things, a central force in my existence at the beginning of my 80th year. Perhaps it had taken me that long to figure out exactly what I was able to contribute, and for me to marshall my forces.” – Voice of the River: Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Sit in the forest long enough and you begin to see through animal eyes. As the fog of mindlessness starts to clear, thoughts flow away like water, cascading down the mountainsides into the valleys, seeping into the soil, deep into the core of the Earth to be purified, cleansed, reborn into the world. Beginning again as you did when you were a child, but with the knowledge and wisdom of age. Now you are free, ready for civilization.
Nature’s Silent Message
Pileated Woodpeckers battle for ownership with Wood Ducks, European Starlings, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, and Great Crested Flycatchers. Occasionally bats and swifts share roost cavities with Pileated Woodpeckers.
Weeks # 6 & #7 No Sight of the Pileated Woodpecker Pair
My hope is they found a quiet space to raise their young
Week #5 observing and recording a video of a wild pair of Pileated Woodpecker who choose to nest in a pole on Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary property.
The European Starling nest is not vacant as two of the fledges are learning to forage for food for themselves from a lower cavity their parents have left. And the honey bees are a rich source located in a cavity between theirs and the Pileated Woodpeckers cavity at the top of the pole.
Should I take the Talon Crunch as a sign of aggression?
Federal Status: Not Listed
FL Status: State-designated Threatened
FNAI Ranks: G4T3/S3 (Globally: Apparently Secure, Sub sp. Rare/ State: Rare)
IUCN Status: LC (Least Concern)
Burrowing owls are different than other owls as they are active during the day time (diurnal) rather than at night (nocturnal) during breeding season. During the non-breeding season, they become more nocturnal.
For more information visit this site Burrowing Owl | FWC (myfwc.com)