Alabama Power and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been working closely for years to help protect the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker in Alabama. A small population of the woodpeckers live near Lake Mitchell, where the company maintains a longleaf pine habitat vital for the birds’ survival. Over the past two centuries, the Southeast’s historic longleaf habitat has retreated, due to timbering, agriculture and development.
This week, Eric Spadgenske with Fish and Wildlife visited Lake Mitchell to “band” three tiny woodpeckers. A unique combination of colored bands are placed on the nestlings when they are between six and nine days old so that they can be tracked over their lifetime.
Members of the Alabama media came along to capture the unusual event.