Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

yellow-bellied sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

The sapsucker often prefers to nest in aspens, but can be found in a variety of species. It drills a cavity during late spring to lay its eggs, using woodchips as a nest lining. As their sapsucking, insect trapping ways won’t function during our canadian winters, the sapsucker migrates to more southern forests until spring.

The sapsucker drills these small holes into the bark of the tree, letting sap flow. They’ll set up a few trees like this, then they wait. The sweet sap will attract all kinds of insects creating an instant buffet for the hungry woodpecker. Ingenious!

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will