Can Golf Courses Save The Red-Headed Woodpecker?

With its spectacular full head of crimson red, this particular woodpecker is literally losing ground. It is losing its specialized habitat and therefore decreasing its numbers, which is worrisome to wildlife biologists and bird watchers. Woodpeckers in general are arguably the most important bird in the woods because their hole-making ability creates a habitat for so many other species, including screech owls, chickadees, woodchucks and squirrels. The red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) was once among the most common birds that bred …


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