SGAS Icon: Red-headed Woodpecker
During the developmental meetings of our Chapter, some discussion went into the selection of our icon. It was agreed that the icon should be a local wild bird species - preferably a species that is: beautiful; large enough to see with the naked eye; easily identified by everyone; found year around throughout our area; uncommon enough to draw your attention; and, having plumage coloration that is easily reproduced in print.
The species that best met those requirements was the Red-headed Woodpecker, (Melanerpes erythrocephalus). Ironically, Chapter developmental meetings during the Fall/Winter season of 1998-99, occurred at a time when the local populations of Red-headed Woodpecker were the highest in recent memory. Whether reacting to the timely abundance of this beautiful bird species, or, for practical reasons previously stated; the Red-headed Woodpecker was selected as the Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society's Chapter "icon"
Our Chapter's Icon of a Red-headed Woodpecker in flight, is the creative art work of Pittsburg State University's Dr. Steve Ford; which is proudly displayed in our newsletters, fliers, banner, and, web site. Thanks Dr. Ford.