Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project

Red-headed Woodpecker -Baird

Red-headed Woodpecker -Baird

The RHWO is a native of the Eastern US, most typically seen in open woodlands and savannas. It can be found in river bottoms, groves of dead and dying trees, orchards, urban parks, open agricultural country, savanna-like grasslands with scattered trees, forest edges, and along roadsides. It avoids forests with closed canopies. It is a cavity nester, and chooses dead trees to carve out its nest.

This bird catches its prey on the wing or by foraging in dead trees or on the ground. It eats insects and other invertebrates, berries and nuts, as well as the young and eggs of other birds. It requires open areas both for fly catching and ground foraging. It stores nuts and grasshoppers by wedging them in bark crevices, fence post cracks, and other crannies.

Over roughly the past 40 years the numbers of RHWO have declined by up to 90%. The most important reason is loss of habitat. During the past several decades many of our wooded areas have become overgrown and closed, due largely to a lack of active management. The RHWO requires an open woodland or savanna area so it can effectively forage for food. The RHWO nests in dead trees or limbs, and for greatest success, those nests should be 30 feet or more above the ground. When the numbers of large, dead trees are reduced, so are the numbers of nesting sites.

For more information, contact info@nulljdcf.org

Upcoming Events

Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff for a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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Potluck & Program, “Pests to Protein: Insects & Our Food”

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Woodbine Bend Golf Course

Going back to the plagues of ancient times, insects have threatened our food.  In today’s gardens and fields, the state-of-the-art method of control is called Integrated Pest Management.  Which bugs are really a threat?  And when and how should we control them?  Our experts will tell you. …  And what about the food value of […] Read More

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Creatures of the Night – Owls & Bats

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belden School, GTA

Bring the family and explore the nocturnal lives of owls and bats.  This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat.  It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family.  Participants will also get […] Read More

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Public Presentation on Archaeological Findings at Wapello

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hanover Township Park District Building

Join Dr. Phil Millhouse and Tim Horsley, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University,  to learn about the results of the archaeological survey conducted at the addition to the Wapello Reserve in 2015.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.  Local artifact collections will be on hand as well.

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