Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
Dead trees have a special place in the forest. As a tree dies, it becomes easier for woodpeckers to make a hole. With its strong beak, the woodpecker chips away at the bark and inner wood until it makes a cavity. The woodpecker then uses this hole for its nest. Once the hole is made or enlarged, other animals may also use the cavity, including bluebirds, flying squirrels, and even honey bees.