by Crystal Cockman
This week I had the awesome opportunity to go out in the field with a friend of mine who is a red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) biologist in the North Carolina Sandhills, Kerry Brust. I went with her to put brightly colored and aluminum bands on nestling RCWs as part of a research project that has been going on since 1978. It began as the NCSU RCW Research Project initiated by Dr. Phil Doerr and Dr. Jay Carter III. Sandhills Ecological Institute (SEI), a non-profit NGO formed in 1998, continues that same research in collaboration with Dr. Jeff Walters’ lab at Virginia Tech.
SEI was created for the following purposes: conduct research and monitoring studies of the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) and related ecosystems in North and South Carolina; promote the study of and education about the longleaf pine and related ecosystems; engage in scientific studies and promote education regarding the red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) and its habitats. [Read more…]