Here is a picture of a downy woodpecker just before it's released, taken on 070512. Woodpeckers use their hard tale as a third peg to balance on when they are pecking at a tree. They have extremely long tongues with needle-like barbs on the end so they can grab food out of trees. Their tongue starts all the way back to the backside of its left eye! Paul (far right), a naturalist (Osprey Expert) helps at the event. See how much he loves ospreys.
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Many attendees, especially kids did enjoy releasing birds after Ron banded them with the help of Paul. Ron and Paul also let the attendees hear a bird's heart beat. Ron told us that
a bird's heart beats around 400 times per minute.

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