28. Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
Conservation of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker had started even prior to the US Endangered Species Act due to its loss of habitat. With very specific nesting needs, the protection of those sites from logging and population growth has been paramount in their protection. In addition, the wildlife management state organizations across its home range of the Southeastern United States have been creating artificial nests specified to their needs. Currently, there are an estimated 12,500 birds, and that number continues to increase with further conservation investment.
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