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Kids learn about woodpeckers and ants at Itasca State Park

Freddie Hopkins and Kaitlyn Detschman show how woodpeckers suck ants out of trees. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 3
Marley Ueland takes a close look at a suet ball and probably wonders why any bird would prefer ants to beef fat - or vice versa. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 3
Pre-schoolers got to watch the guest of honor, a woodpecker, do his thing. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)3 / 3

Woodpeckers have long sticky tongues. They go "tap, tap, tap." And when you're taking a practice run at flying, watch out for the chair in front of you. You could bump your nose. Pre-schoolers from Bagley, Bemidji and Laporte were entertained and informed by park naturalist Sandra Lichter Thursday as they learned what makes woodpeckers peck. Then they got to watch the guest of honor, a woodpecker, do his thing. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

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