Since the early 2000’s there have been an increasing number of sightings of the Pileated Woodpecker, a bird native to more wooded areas of Illinois.
But thanks to the forest preserve’s work of restoring woodlands and clearing out invasive species around the county, the habitat has become ideal for the woodpeckers.
“They’ve been seen in St. James Farm, West DuPage Woods, and then also down in the southeast part of the county, Waterfall Glen and Woodridge Forest Preserve,” said Brian Kraskiewicz, Ecologist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
The Emerald Ash Borer has also played a role in the increasing number of woodpeckers, as they’ve helped create dead ash trees, which combines for a good nesting habitat and food source provider.
While the bird is rather shy, they might catch your eye, with their flaming red crest perched atop a black body with white stripes.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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