Saving The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

Illustration by Kat McCall   To this day, I can vividly recall a scene I witnessed as a child while returning to Augusta from a family vacation on the South Carolina coast. The sun had set, and there was little to light our way other than the moon and stars as my dad drove along the piney Carolina backroads. As we passed through Savannah River Site (SRS), dancing points of red light pierced the darkness surrounding the minivan. These points grew brighter, soon revealing hundreds of fires on the forest floor. It felt like we had stumbled back in...

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