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Fall 2020 | Vol 13 | No 4

On December 4, staff with the Stoddard Bird Lab will rise before dawn and attempt to see as many different species of birds as possible on Tall Timbers. By sunset, we hope to have 90 species on the list. Your pledge for the number of species seen will help us build a Motus tracking system to monitor bird migration in the region.
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The decline of birds in North America is no secret. Since the 1950s, numerous species have declined at such a rate that recent published research on the topic reached international audiences. Habitat reduction and fragmentation seem to be driving this downturn but, to truly assess landscape-wide declines, one must have a baseline to measure against.
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The hatch results are in and they are good—no recount needed! Overall, bobwhite per capita nest and brood production in the Red Hills were moderately above average this year, compared to our historical records.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted lives around the world in countless ways. To help learn more about one of these many impacts, Tall Timbers is working with the NASA Earth Science Division through their Rapid Response program and the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Lab to measure and better understand changes in the use of prescribed fire during the pandemic.
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“Resilient,” “destructive,” and “expensive” are a few words that come to mind when referring to the feral swine (hog) populations within the Red Hills region. The notorious animals have been introduced (accidentally and intentionally) to North America on multiple occasions over time, and have since developed into the perfect invasive species.
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In an age of rapid species decline, wildlife biologists must develop ways of re-establishing species to areas where they have gone extinct. Wildlife reintroductions are an increasingly necessary tool for maintaining our natural species diversity. The Stoddard Bird Lab specializes in this technique
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The Fire Ecology Program has been collaborating with Josh Picotte and other scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, and two universities to publish a nation-wide assessment of our ability to map the severity of wildfires and prescribed fires using satellite remote sensing technology. Josh got his professional start at Tall Timbers in 2006, and since then has become a national leader in the field of remote sensing of burn severity.
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The Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) toll road project that threatens the Red Hills region, officially known as the Multi-Modal Corridors of Regional Economic Significance, entered a new phase on November 15, 2020, when the task forces submitted their final reports to the Legislature and the Governor.
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A post card from Radium Springs in 1947 proclaimed: “Albany, the world’s greatest paper shell pecan center, is also the bird dog capital of the world, and the mecca for sportsmen in this field.” While much has changed since 1947, the Albany region, along with the Red Hills, continues to be a destination for quail hunters.
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Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein joined Tall Timbers’ staff on October 9, 2020, for a tour of private lands included in the Red Hills Conservation Florida Forever Project.
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A BIG THANK YOU to our generous sponsors, bidders and supporters for participating in the virtual Kate Ireland Auction! Our team at Tall Timbers was blown away by the support of our loyal patrons from all parts of the country. Your donations provide critical funding for Tall Timbers’ mission.
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