Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) volunteers needed!
Volunteers needed to help identify red-cockaded woodpecker juveniles as they enter their roost cavities in the evening in Francis Marion National Forest. The birds enter their cavities for the evening about ½ hour before sunset. Currently (10/7) they are going in the cavities around 6:00 to 6:40 p.m. Times will change as the sun sets earlier. Locations are mostly near McClellanville but there are locations along Halfway Creek Road and in the Cain Hoy/Green Bay area (Hoover Road).
This is part of a project to reintroduce/ relocate banded juvenile red-cockaded woodpeckers (a federally endangered species) to the ACE Basin. We plan to capture 20 juveniles the first week of November and I need to identify approximately 40 roost trees prior to the capture night. I need help in identifying leg bands on RCWs in the evening when they roost. No experience is necessary, but you will be standing in the forest, with some mosquitoes, and may only catch a quick glimpse of a RCW at dusk as they enter their cavity. Personal transportation, spotting scope, some prior bird watching experience and commitment to a few evenings are preferred.
Please contact Larry Wood if you are interested.
Wildlife Investigations, LLC
10033 S Carolina RD
McClellanville, SC 29458