"I saw a black woodpecker (or crow) today about the
size of the lark woodpecker," wrote Lewis in the summer
of 1805, marking one of his most famous discoveries. Lewis's
woodpecker doesn't so much look like a crow (it has a bright
red face and a pink chest) as fly like one, with slow flaps.
It lives in large dead or burned trees where it can easily
excavate or find a hole for a nest. But years of fire suppression
have turned the open forests of ponderosa pine favored by
Lewis's woodpecker into dense thickets of Douglas fir, and
timber companies have removed many of the large trees it prefers.
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