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Monitoring Wildlife

The refuge supports more than 140 family groups of red-cockaded woodpeckers. Their cavity trees are marked with a distinct white band. Refuge Director Allyn Askins carefully bands the legs of newborn woodpecker chicks to track their range and development, and in the future, a new generation’s breeding and nesting patterns. Research such as this informs the management process of the refuge. (adapted from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Visit: Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

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