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The red-cockaded woodpecker is a small, non-game bird and at present is on the endangered species list. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is working with other Southern states to improve the bird's chance for survival. Smith discusses the work that is being conducted on the Sandhills Game Land in implementing a program of habitat protection and game management.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission purchased the 547-acre Horse Creek Longleaf Pine Forest in Moore County recently to add to its Sandhills Game Land. The purchase not only protects the longleaf pine, but also provides a habitat for red-cockaded woodpeckers. Only 3 percent of the original 90 million acres of longleaf pine that covered the Southeast remains today. The longleaf is a favored tree of the woodpeckers, which nest in tree cavities.
The largest population of red-cockaded woodpeckers in North Carolina is located in the Sandhills. This study observed the bird’s foraging habits in the Sandhills Game Land for one year. Most foraging took place on living pines as has been reported elsewhere.