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Title: Assessment of training noise impacts on the red-cockaded woodpecker : 1999 results
Authors: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (U.S.)
Delaney, David K.
Pater, Larry L. (Larry Lamann), 1944-
Hayden, Timothy J.
Swindell, Linton L.
Beaty, Timothy A.
Carlile, Lawrence D.
Spadgenske, Eric W.
Keywords: Threatened and endangered species
Red-cockaded woodpecker
Range management
Military training
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical report
Abstract: It is estimated that nearly a quarter of the remaining Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) population resides on military installations in the southeastern United States. Such a close association has raised questions about the interaction between training and the conservation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers on military land. Increased importance has been placed on determining how noise affects these species. This report presents second year results of a multiyear study to determine the effects of certain kinds of training noise on the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Preliminary data suggest that: measured levels of experimental noise from .SO-caliber blank fire and artillery simulators did not affect RCW nesting success or productivity; Red-cockaded Woodpecker flush frequency increased as stimulus distance decreased, regardless of stimulus type; woodpeckers returned to their nests relatively quickly after being flushed; and noise levels in Red-cockaded Woodpecker nest cavities were substantially louder than levels recorded at the base of the nest tree.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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