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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...

2010-04-21 13:20:00

MANDEVILLE, La., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Two videos of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker have been obtained in the Pearl River in Louisiana, where there is a history of reports of this elusive species. One of the videos provides the first new facts about this iconic species since the work of James Tanner was published in 1942 and reveals that there had been a misconception about the way it flies. The scientist who obtained the videos has documented serious issues that have come to light during...

2009-08-22 21:55:14

British organizations that seek to protect birds say they have begun a $414,000 effort to save endangered species. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Bird Life International will pay for scientific expeditions to wherever endangered species are seen, whether in jungles or on remote islands, The London Telegraph reported.The money will also go toward conservation of birds' habitats. The groups asked British birdwatchers to be on the lookout for endangered species at home and...

2009-01-16 13:10:09

Until credible sightings popped up three years ago, the scientific world was in agreement that ivory-billed woodpeckers had gone the way of the dodo. A new study conducted by University of Georgia researchers reveals that the ivory-billed woodpecker could have persisted if as few as five mated pairs survived the extensive habitat loss during the early 1900's. A new paper published in the online journal Avian Conservation and Ecology by researchers at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural...

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2008-06-23 10:12:01

Nearly any evidence of the occurrence of a rare or elusive wildlife species has the tendency to generate a stir. Case in point: in February 2008, remote cameras unexpectedly captured the images of a wolverine in the central Sierra Nevada, an area from which the species was believed to be extinct since 1922. But frustratingly few observations prove to be so conclusive. So what, then, are managers to make of unverifiable observations, especially those that are not diagnostic? Researchers from...

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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...

2006-12-21 12:13:59

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Researchers have scoured the area where two Arkansas men reported sighting the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker last week, and more search teams will arrive near the spot in January, an ornithologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Wednesday. Catherine Rideout, who helps lead the search for the rare bird for the commission, said a team went to the site near Cotton Plant Tuesday with Kip Davis, one of the two men who reported they caught a glimpse of the...

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2006-09-26 17:43:05

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- After spending months in remote northwest Florida swamps searching for the ivory-billed woodpecker, researchers say they have seen and heard the rare bird once believed to be extinct. But Auburn University ornithologists, who published their findings in Canada's Avian Conservation and Ecology journal online Tuesday, failed to capture a picture of the large woodpecker, which makes a distinct double rapping sound. That lack of evidence means doubt about the bird's return...

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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...

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2006-05-19 09:45:00

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- With news Thursday that search teams had found no new confirmation of the ivory-billed woodpecker's existence in the swamps of eastern Arkansas, wildlife managers said there was no longer a reason to limit public access to the region. "Based on the information coming from the search and research that we have done, I feel there is no need any longer to limit public use within this area," said Dennis Widner, manager of the Cache River Wildlife Management Area where the bird...


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2006-07-17 14:10:11

The Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, is a very large North American woodpecker. It is also known as the Log Cock (Logcock, and, by corruption, Lord God Bird, Good God Bird, or Great God Bird). Adults are mainly black with a red crest and a white line down the sides of the throat. Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat and red on the front of the crown. In adult females, these are black. They show white on the wings in flight. The only North American birds of...

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2006-06-30 14:47:08

The Imperial Woodpecker, (Campephilus imperialis), was a member of the woodpecker family Piciformes. It was the world's largest woodpecker species. This 23 inch long bird is officially listed as critically endangered or possibly extinct. However, the last positive sighting was in Durango, Mexico in 1958 and it is probably now extinct. The primary reason for its decline was loss of habitat, although it was also set in motion by over-hunting. The male had a red crest, but was...

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2006-06-30 14:40:36

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker, (Campephilus principalis), is a very large and extremely rare or extinct member of the woodpecker family, Picidae. It is officially listed as an endangered species, and until recently had widely been considered extinct. However one male bird has been reportedly sighted in Arkansas in 2004 and 2005. If its rediscovery is confirmed, this would make the Ivory-billed Woodpecker a lazarus species, a species that is rediscovered alive after being considered...

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