Red Cockaded Woodpeckers

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

When you think of gopher tortoise conservation efforts, what’s the first place that comes to mind? What about a military base? Eglin Air Force Base is partnering with national and state wildlife officials on a massive effort to help relocate hundreds of the threatened species.

This Red Cockaded woodpecker is listed as endangered.
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They live in trees, hammer constantly, and are also represented by a wily, and beloved cartoon character. The woodpecker is a key feature of North Florida, and researchers are looking into how fire helps some woodpeckers continue to thrive.