Woodpecker Species Benefit from Emerald Ash Borer

Many of us have heard of the Emerald ash borer (EAB) – a highly invasive beetle known for it’s destruction of ash trees. After being discovered in the United States in 2002, this pesky little beetle has killed tens of millions of ash trees in Michigan alone. In addition to the tens of millions of ash trees also affected in the Midwest and East Coast of the United States, the invasive species has cost millions of dollars worth of damages for property owners and nurseries across the country. For us, this pest has a notable bad rap, but for four species of birds in the Detroit area, the emerald ash borer is in fact the cause for their recent success.

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