Fig. 2. Examples of the many large cavities found within the 500-ha study area. (A) A cavity that appeared very fresh when found in December 2005 in a live water tupelo (Nyssa aquatica). (B) Two cavities in a live water tupelo. The top cavity is larger and fresher than the bottom cavity, which has shrunk in size as scar tissue has grown around the lip. (C) A cavity in large (127 cm at cavity height) baldcypress (Taxodium distichum). (D) Cavity in a live water tupelo. (E, F) Cavities in the decayed soft wood in the tops of dead sweetgums (Liquidambar styraciflua). The white rod in five of the photos is the reference scale raised to cavity height and used to measure entrance dimensions. Numbers beside arrows give the dimension in cm.