The BLM’s Southeastern States Field Office has had a banner year so far with red-cockaded woodpeckers at Lathrop Bayou, in Bay County Florida.
Nest checks completed documented 4 nest cavities with chicks! There have been up to three nests in previous years, but this is the first time we have ever recorded more than two nests successfully hatching. As of last week, there were 10 adults and 9 nestlings at the site. Two of the nests are on BLM, one on Ag Reserves land and one on Genecov property. All of the chicks have been banded and an attempt will be made to sex them soon.
The bumper crop of chicks opens the door to potentially donate a chick back to Wetappo where it would be paired in a new recruitment cluster, based on agreements with partners and carrying capacities for the different areas.
-Shayne Banks, BLM