A Red-cockaded Woodpecker prepares to leave his nest in search of breakfast just after dawn in the wildlife preserve at Willow Run Quarry in eastern Collier County on Friday morning. Maureen Bonness, a botanist and manager of the wildlife preserve at the quarry, has created an ideal habitat for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers by ridding the preserve of invasive plants. Now several Red-cockaded Woodpeckers have taken up residence in artificial cavities set high in several of the pine trees. Two of the endangered woodpeckers now living at the quarry were relocated from Georgia to the Picayune Strand last year. Tristan Spinski/Staff

Photo by TRISTAN SPINSKI

A Red-cockaded Woodpecker prepares to leave his nest in search of breakfast just after dawn in the wildlife preserve at Willow Run Quarry in eastern Collier County on Friday morning. Maureen Bonness, a botanist and manager of the wildlife preserve at the quarry, has created an ideal habitat for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers by ridding the preserve of invasive plants. Now several Red-cockaded Woodpeckers have taken up residence in artificial cavities set high in several of the pine trees. Two of the endangered woodpeckers now living at the quarry were relocated from Georgia to the Picayune Strand last year. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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