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You will find this cache within the Hartman Reserve Nature Center, a 300 acre wooded isle located in the heart of metropolitan Black Hawk County, Iowa
One of the largest woodpeckers in North America, a number of these birds make their home at Hartman Reserve. Preferring larger forest areas with lots of standing and downed dead trees, they will carve out large rectangular shaped holes in dead trees, in search of carpenter ants, larva and other insects. Evidence of their work may be found as large wood chips on the ground. They will also forage on the ground for insects as well as nuts and fruit.
Pileated woodpeckers nest in larger dead trees, carving out a large nest (10-24 inches deep), lined with wood chips. Both parents incubate an average of 4 eggs in each brood, which hatch in 16-18 days and fledge in 26-28 days.
These shy residents have been seen in this area of Hartman Reserve, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears open when searching for the cache. The cache itself is somewhat larger that a pileated woodpecker, which range from 15 to 20 inches long, have a wingspan of 25 to 30 inches and weigh between 8 and 15 ounces. If you hear a loud “jungle call” or drumming, investigate cautiously and you may get the see one of these beautiful birds.
There are also a number of other caches in the area. Take the time while you are here to enjoy the trails of Hartman Reserve (open daily from sunrise to sunset). The Interpretive Center is open on Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday.
A number of programs are also available through Hartman Reserve Nature Center for youth and adults. Check here for a schedule of events: http://www.hartmanreserve.org/
Last Updated: on 10/19/2014 5:42:33 PM Pacific Daylight Time (12:42 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum