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Blane Klemek column: Dead, dying trees are homes for black-backed woodpecker

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While I was working as a interpretive naturalist at Itasca State Park during the summer of 1995, Ben Thoma, a since-retired naturalist who worked at the park every summer for more than 40 years, announced one afternoon to me in his gruff and commanding voice, "Go see the black-backed three-toed woodpecker right now!"

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