Birds - Red-breasted Nuthatch
Nuthatches are active birds that can be seen hopping down the trunk of trees head-first. The white-breasted nuthatch is larger than the red-breasted variety. Both can be seen year-round at Wind Cave National Park. Often they can be seen pecking at the bark of trees to find insects, although they also can eat seeds and nuts. Their nasal, yank-yank call can be heard near the visitor center and in forested areas throughout the park.
Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.