Red-cockaded Woodpecker Recovery
Conserving the Nature of America

RCW Videos

Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at W.G. Jones State Forest, Conroe, Tx
This video is an introduction to the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis). These birds live in mature pine forests in southeastern United States. You will learn about habitat requirements, see inside a nest cavity and see the banding of nestlings.

The nesting season is from mid-March to late-July on the Jones State Forest. Living in small family groups, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers are a social species. The family group may include the male, female, their chicks and young adult helpers. These helpers typically are related young from a previous nesting season. They help build cavities and care for chicks. Pecking a cavity in a live tree takes up to a year or more. The birds also peck the bark around the entrance to get the sap (resin) flowing around the hole. The sticky sap keeps predators, like snakes, away from the adjacent cavity. The bird's diet consists of insects found under the bark and along branches of pine trees.

Red-cockaded Woodpeckers - Catch and Band at Fort Jackson, SC
Fort Jackson's environmental division tracks Red Cockaded Woodpeckers in an effort to protect the endangered bird.

Red Cockaded Woodpeckers - SC Department of Natural Resources
Red-cockaded woodpeckers, and their habitat, are protected under the Endangered Species Act. You won't find an abundance of these birds in our state, but we rank second only to Florida in total numbers. And with a little help from DNR biologists, the red-cockaded woodpecker might be well on its way to making South Carolina, number one!

Red-cockaded woodpecker - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Safe Harbor Program
On January 8, 2010, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enrolled 58,763 acres of land owned and/or leased by Weyerhaeuser into the Louisiana Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (RCW) Safe Harbor Program. The Safe Harbor Management Agreement signed with Weyerhaeuser Company establishes a baseline number of 48 RCW family groups on Weyerhaeuser lands. This represents the second largest population of RCWs on private lands in Louisiana. Weyerhaeuser's main RCW population is within the Jackson/Bienville Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which is leased by LDWF for public outdoor recreation.

First-ever Red-cockaded Woodpecker Translocation in Alabama
Seven Red-cockaded woodpeckers are translocated to their new home on private lands in Bullock County, and is a first in Alabama.

Last Updated: March 9, 2020