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Spring 2015 | Vol 8 | No 2   

 

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Burning at Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge by airboatPrescribed Fire Training Center reaches burning milestone

The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) reached an historic milestone on April 16, 2015, with its one millionth acre prescribed burned. Begun in 1998, the Center has been training students from around the globe, offering experiential learning through the hands-on application of prescribed fire throughout the southeastern US. Tall Timber’s provides the Fire Training Specialist at the Center, as well as orientation field trips during the 20-day sessions.

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Turkey GobblersFifty shades of spring: wild turkey ramblings

It’s that time of year where the fresh smell of the woods on fire is in the air, and prescribed burning is the focus for most quail managers to keep habitat in check, but for turkeys, breeding is on the mind. As such, springtime is a delightful time of year for the avid turkey hunter in the South, especially when gobbles abound. There is something about that assemblage of syllables, sounding like a cross between a yodel and a clap of thunder, vibrating the trees at daybreak that sends a chill up one’s spine. Indeed, it’s gobbling that makes spring turkey hunting so exciting and worth the pursuit. As most hunters are aware, on some mornings birds gobble their heads off, while other mornings they don’t gobble at all, even when the conditions seem perfect.

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Red-cockaded Woodpecker flying toward cavity treeRed-cockaded Woodpeckers pass an important milestone

The reintroduction of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers passed yet another important milestone this Spring. A young male woodpecker has excavated a natural cavity in an area approximately 300 meters from the nearest group of artificial cavities. This type of territorial budding is rarely observed, but it’s a clear indication of natural population growth and expansion following the initial release of woodpeckers on Tall Timbers in 2006.

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