The Friends of the Carolina Sandhills NWR is an organization composed of citizens who
treasure the dynamic longleaf pine ecosystem of the Carolina
Sandhills NWR. Our membership consists of both area residents and those
from other areas who appreciate the refuge even if visiting
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This small bird's most distinguishing feature is a black cap and nape that encircle large white cheek patches. Rarely visible, except perhaps during the breeding season and when defending its territory, the male has a namesake small red streak — called a cockade — on each side of its black cap.