Pileated Woodpecker Sign Video

Pileated woodpeckers are very large birds that leave distinctive sign. One sign you are likely to see is their work on logs and dead snag trees in the forest. Many species of insects use these trees for shelter, food, and depositing of eggs. One species is the carpenter ant. The pileated woodpecker eats these ants. To get at them, it removes large chunks of wood and follows the galleries, or tunnels, these ants make in the wood. It eats the ants as it works. Pileated woodpeckers thus contribute to the ecology of an area by helping to break down large woody debris. A log will eventually be completely broken down and its stored nutrients go back to the soil. Insects, woodpeckers, fungi, and moisture all contribute to the process of breaking down logs.

Pileated woodpecker scat is full of ant exoskeletons and can often be found at these feeding sites below logs.


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Find animal and tracking posters, greeting cards, t-shirts, hats, and more in my new store.

Now available: "Animals Don't Cover Their Tracks - An Introduction to Animal Tracking" on CD! (Version 3.0) New drawings, more species, more photos, more extensive sections on tracking humans, more detailed directions for plaster casting, mystery tracks section, tracking stories section, and more. The CD features over 100 species, including special bonus sections with the tracks of some African and Australian animals. A large section on tracking lost people for search and rescue is included, with over four pages of photos showing the details of tracks and signs people leave. Easy to use format. This web site is limited by bandwidth, but the CD-ROM is not. The CD is available in my online store at: www.dirt-time.com  Works with Mac or PC. Happy tracking!!

What else can you find in the nature store? Beartracker's animal tracks coloring book, T-shirts, sweatshirts, journals, book bags, toddler and infant apparel, mouse pads, posters, postcards, coffee mugs, travel mugs, clocks, Frisbees, bumper stickers, hats, stickers, and many more items. All with tracks or paw  prints, or nature scenes. Custom products are available. If you don't see the track you want on the product you want, email me and I can probably create it. Proceeds from all sales go to pay the monthly fees for this web site. You can help support this site as well as get great tracking products! Thank you!


Find other tracking products: www.zazzle.com/tracker8459*


Also visit these fine stores for more products of interest:

NDN Pride shop - For Indian Pride items for all tribes. Custom items available on request.

ASL Signs of Love - For anyone who uses or is learning ASL, American Sign Language. Custom name items and more are available here.

Sales from all stores give commissions to Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den, which helps keep this site online as a free service. We are celebrating ten years online this year!





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