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Extinct Imperial Woodpecker Caught on Film
2011-10-27 08:43:13

[ Watch the Video ] The imperial woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis), thought to now be extinct, has been found on film. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers acquired an 85-second video clip filmed in 1956 by the late William Rhein, according to a new research paper that was recently published. Rhein was a dentist who traveled to the bird´s habitat in Mexico´s Sierra Madre Occidental. Cornell released the film to the public on Wednesday. The video shows a female imperial...

2010-02-03 10:03:00

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. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free event is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the wonders of nature in backyards,...

2009-09-23 12:30:00

Seismic surveys used for oil and gas prospecting on the sea floor are a disturbance for the rare blue whales, AFP reported. The calls of blue whales were recorded at a feeding ground in Canada's St. Lawrence estuary in August 2004, according to team members Lucia Di Iorio of Zurich University, Switzerland, and Christopher Clark, an acoustics specialist at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in New York. The study, appearing in Biology Letters, a journal of Britain's Royal Society,...

2009-01-22 00:17:34

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 Globe reported Wednesday. A second ivory gull was spotted Tuesday in Plymouth, Mass. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Web site said the bird is rarely seen south of the Bering Sea or Canada's...

2007-08-23 18:10:00

By JILL ZEMAN LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - 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. "There's enough out there that we've got to keep searching," said Jeff Fleming, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "It'd be irresponsible not to." The agency this week released a 185-page draft plan aimed at preventing...

2006-08-04 12:00:50

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. But last month scientists from NASA and the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., launched a project to identify possible areas where the woodpecker might be living. Finding these habitat areas will guide future searches for the bird and help determine if it is really extinct or has survived an elusive existence. The...

2006-03-16 17:05:00

WASHINGTON -- 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. The issue takes wing again in the Friday's issue of the journal Science, with one set of researchers arguing that the bird videotaped last year was probably a common pileated woodpecker and another group stoutly defending the identification as an ivory-bill. It's an...

2006-02-25 10:28:08

BRINKLEY, Ark. -- 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. The Brinkley area, where poverty is prevalent and agriculture the mainstay, has become a tourist destination in the year since Cornell University researchers made the announcement. The town is holding a celebration of the bird this week. "It's been like a...

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