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The imperial woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis), thought to now be extinct, has been found on film.
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are encouraging bird and nature fans throughout the state to join tens of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 12-15.
Seismic surveys used for oil and gas prospecting on the sea floor are a disturbance for the rare blue whales.
A couple of ivory gulls, which usually live in the high Arctic, have been spotted in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Audubon Society said birders are flocking to Gloucester, Mass., where an ivory gull was spotted Saturday -- the first sighting of the species in the Bay State in two decades, The Boston
Federal wildlife officials say it's worth millions of dollars to research the suspected habitat of the ivory-billed woodpecker, despite conflicting views on whether the elusive bird even exists in the swamps of east Arkansas.
Unlike its more famous cartoon cousin Woody the Woodpecker, the ivory-billed woodpecker is thought to be extinct, or so most experts have believed for over half a century.
Was it or was it not an ivory-billed woodpecker? Experts are still arguing a year later, while bird fanciers flock to the part of Arkansas where the bird in question was said to have been seen and heard.
If the ivory-billed woodpecker is getting a "second chance," as U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton put it, then so is the depressed part of Arkansas where the bird was rediscovered after being thought extinct for 60 years.