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Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Named Official City Bird

Post Date:03/06/2019 12:15 PM

(Fayetteville, N.C.) — The City of Fayetteville has named the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker its official City Bird following a vote of the Fayetteville City Council at its Feb. 25 regular meeting. That same Woodpecker is also the name and mascot for Fayetteville’s new Minor League Baseball team and is common to the Fayetteville area.

The resolution that the City Council passed, which named the species the City Bird, states that the Red-cockaded Woodpecker lives in longleaf pine forests at Carvers Creek State Park in Cumberland County; in longleaf pine trees on the training areas of Fort Bragg; in the Sandhills Game Land of Scotland, Richmond and Moore counties; and in the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve in Moore County.

“The City recognizes that the strength and resiliency of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, having survived in this area for many years, is also indicative of the strength and resiliency of our culturally diverse city. We felt it appropriate, too, given that our city is home to the Woodpeckers minor league baseball team,” City Manager Doug Hewett said. “I’m happy the City Council supported this resolution and we can now promote the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker as the City Bird.”

“The Fayetteville Woodpeckers and Houston Astros organization is proud to be part of the Fayetteville community and this symbolic adoption of our mascot is further proof of the solid partnership that we have with the City,” Woodpeckers President Mark Zarthar said. “We would like to thank the Fayetteville City Council for passing this resolution and all of their efforts in adopting us into the Fayetteville family.” 

To read the entire resolution, visit and click on the Feb. 25 City Council Regular Meeting agenda. 


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