NANFA-L-- OT: Race to Save the Lord God Bird
Sun, 24 Jul 2005 18:26:00 EDT

Last Thursday, Liz and I went to see the below listed program about the Ivory
Billed Woodpecker. A great program and those interested might see if it is
coming to a location near them. The author, Phillip Hoose, was in town for his
high school reunion but I was told he gives this program elsewhere.

The program initially focussed on the degradation of habitat and how fashion
made the bird's feathers valuable. There were stories of field expeditions to
find remaining populations and the only photograph that exists of a juvenile
Ivory-billed (riding on the shoulders of scientist) was shown. Nazi's were
shown to be directly part of the habitat decline!

Right before the book was published, he found out it appears the bird has
been rediscovered.

He also covered how a canoeist, two days in to a Arkansas swamp spotted the
bird. And the conoeist casually mentioned that he has seen a large woodpecker
with the wing colors reversed from a Pileated Woodpecker, a description of the

Anyway, it was a great program and I am going to read the book. Below are
some links for those interested, including one that was in this morning's

Chuck Church
Indianapolis, Indiana USA

Trio question sighting of ivory-billed woodpecker

Mystery Woodpecker Upends a Bird Lover's Life


>Special notice --
>Thursday, July 21
>Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy / Wild Birds Unlimited
>Ivory-billed Woodpecker Event: Lecture and Book Signing
>Kite Development Corporation, 30 S. Meridian St., 8th Floor (the former LS
>Ayres Tea Room), Indianapolis
>7-9 p.m.
>Speaker: Phillip Hoose, National Book Award Finalist and author of The
>Race to Save the Lord God Bird
>Free. Pre-registration is required. Deadline July 19.
>Contact: Linda Fields-in-The Nature Conservancy-in-(317) 951-8818, ext. 16.
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