I saw a red-headed woodpecker at the Wakarusa Wetlands yesterday. As I watched, I realized I had never seen one there before. I know birders report seeing them every once in a while, but the only one I have ever seen was at Clinton. Of course, my next thought was those in favor of the SLT care little about how rare this is. They do not care that the red-headed woodpecker populations are in decline. The official status is “near threatened.” As I watched him dancing around the cavity in this old tree, I wondered how the treeless “mitigation area” would solve his problem of a lack of real estate. It will not. Raise and/or widen 23rd street. Close 31st street between Haskell and Louisiana. Keep the people with the people, the sacred space sacred, and the wild spaces wild. Click on pictures to enlarge.