This is the first in a series of Wild Wednesday newsroom stories that will feature animal or plant species that inhabit the conservation parks and preserves of Hillsborough County. All featured species are protected at some level by the state or federal government.
Many of Hillsborough County's conservation parks and preserves are home to the red-bellied woodpecker. A bird primarily of the southeast, it favors forested areas along rivers and in swamps, but adapts easily to suburbs and city parks. Some of the best places to see them are Wilderness Park, Lettuce Lake Park, Alderman's Ford Park, Lithia Springs Park, Upper Tampa Bay Park, Blackwater Creek Preserve, Lower Green Swamp Preserve, and the Fish Hawk Preserve.
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