This hairy woodpecker was salvaged by the Kalamazoo Nature Center and was mounted for the museum's education collection by Waddell Creek Taxidermy.
The Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus, closely resembles the downy woodpecker but is larger in size and has a longer beak. It is named for the white-hued feathers in the middle of its back. They are commonly found in the United States and Canada and in some areas of Mexico, living in a variety of habitats including forests, open woodlands, and suburban areas. They search for food mainly on the trunks and limbs of trees, eating the larvae of insects. Hairy woodpeckers will also come to bird feeders for fatty, energy-rich feed called suet.
Discovery Kit: Zoology (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Zoology (April 2020) Zoologists and animal lovers alike can investigate unique animal specimens from habitats all around the world. Discover where these animals live, what they eat and what makes them special!