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Jefferson County Park teaches Iowa's 7 species of woodpeckers

Saturday's event was part of a Birding 101 class at the Jefferson County Park/KTVO

Fairfield bird watchers explored Iowa’s seven species of woodpeckers on Saturday.

It was part of a Birding 101 class offered at the Jefferson County Park.

Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey told the class about the fascinating adaptations each species has.

Like the red bellied woodpecker... Cummiskey said that species has a tongue that extends three inches beyond the end of its beak.

“Their tongues are so long that when they pull them back inside their mouth, that apparatus that works with it actually wraps around the back of their head,” Cummiskey said.

She added that there are more than 20 species of woodpeckers nationwide. Iowa species include the Downy, Hairy and Red-Headed woodpeckers.

The Jefferson County Park will be giving more lessons about Iowa’s animal species next month.

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