Bird program seeking volunteers

The Georgia Important Bird Areas Program is asking volunteers to help Saturday with managing the endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers at Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge.

The effort, held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, will last from 9 a.m. until mid-afternoon, starting at the refuge headquarters at 718 Round Oak-Juliette Road in Jones County.

Helpers will scrape and repaint white rings on the woodpecker nesting trees and remove plants and foliage from the base of the trees. The event will be postponed if it rains.

Volunteers won’t have to walk long distances (less than 200 yards on uneven terrain). They should bring a water bottle, lunch, gloves, sunscreen and clothing appropriate for working outdoors.

The first 30 volunteers to sign up will receive a free T-shirt or tote bag.

For more information, contact Georgia IBA coordinator Charlie Muise at (78)967-9924 or cmmbirds@yahoo.com.