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UNO documentary: Woodpecker SOS

Louisiana has an important indigenous population in danger of extinction. And we’re not talking Native Americans, Cajuns or free-range crawfish.

No, the red cockaded woodpecker, an endangered species native to the southeastern U.S., had just 4,694 active clusters in 1993. That has risen to 6,105 in 2006, largely because of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s to create nests for the birds by inserting manmade ones into long-leaf pine trees.

In “Mending the Wings of a Population,” UNO film student Mason Joiner talks to USFWS wildlife biologist Christine Legleu about the rare 7-inch bird and her efforts in Louisiana to give it safe harbor.

The Film and Theatre Department of UNO and NolaVie present this series of short films produced by the students in Laszlo Fulop’s documentary class. Read Renee Peck’s column about the program here.


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