The Day of the Woodpecker

Discover woodpeckers on a guided day hike with Yosemite Conservancy.
December 6, 2014

Did you know there are 11 species of woodpeckers found in Yosemite — more than in any comparable area in the United States? Here is your chance to spend a day with an expert naturalist, not just watching these industrious birds, but learning about their diverse habitats and behaviors. December is a particularly great time for spotting woodpeckers in Yosemite, with less foliage on trees and without the distraction of summer breeding birds. Come spend a day in good company, as you observe this fascinating group in its natural habitat. This program will kick off on Saturday morning in El Portal, then carpool to different areas in Yosemite and conclude in Yosemite Valley around 4 pm.

Experience package includes camping Dec. 5–7 at Upper Pines Campground plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Dec. 5–7. Information about upgrading your package will be available once you have registered. View a suggested packing list for this program.

Hiking: Easy; about 4 miles, some off-trail with elevation change
Elevation: 2,000', driving to 6,000'
Experience package: $79
Leader: Pete Devine
Pete Devine, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Pete Devine

Pete Devine has taught outdoors in Yosemite for 30 years and is the now the Yosemite Conservancy’s Resident Naturalist. Originally from New England, Pete has worked in the West as a park ranger, archeologist, river guide, naturalist and teacher. He has hiked the Alps, Andes, Himalaya, Min Shan and Southern Alps, and has a bird list that includes motmots, minivets, drongos and the plain-mantled tit spinetail. Pete has been studying the recession of Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier since 1998. He’s been a popular seminar instructor and a speaker at numerous conferences, has trained many rangers and naturalists, has served on several nonprofit boards, and in 2009 he was awarded the highest honor given by the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. 

Watch Pete in action in Episode 9 of Yosemite Nature Notes, "Frazil Ice".