National Wildlife Refuge System

Refuges on the Radio

Your local radio station may soon feature the sounds and stories of national wildlife refuges through a series of four 60-second public service announcements (PSAs) delivered to 3,500 radio stations nationwide.

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Press Release

Transcript for the Pileated Woodpecker Radio PSA

pileated woodpecker
Credit: USFWS

Spokesperson:          This is another National Wildlife Refuge Minute…

Sound of woodpecker hammering in the distance

Spokesperson:          In Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge in northern New Jersey, that hammering sound could only be one thing: the pileated woodpecker in search of a meal.

Sound of hammering closer, louder

Spokesperson:          One of the most recognizable birds in all of nature, the pileated woodpecker’s large size and red crest served as inspiration for one of America’s most beloved cartoon characters,

Sound of Woody Woodpecker laugh

Sounds of baby birds chirping

Spokesperson:          The holes pileated woodpeckers create are often big enough to become nesting areas for smaller birds.


A forest full of pileated woodpeckers looking for lunch would sound like a drum line at a parade. And maintaining healthy forests in the Wildlife Refuge helps the beat go on.

Sound of woodpecker drum beat

Spokesperson:          Every Wildlife Refuge is full of unique and unforgettable experiences. With over 500 Refuges, you don’t have to go far to make a special connection with nature. Learn more at That’s

Sound of woodpecker and the crash of a cymbal


In announcing the new public service campaign, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar urged Americans to connect with nature and visit a National Wildlife Refuge. "Americans can take pride in the tremendous beauty and diversity of refuge lands dedicated to the protection of wildlife habitat," Salazar said. "By visiting these places and encouraging their children to forge a connection with nature, they can help ensure vital wildlife conservation efforts will continue for generations to come."
Last updated: November 20, 2009