06 Nov '11, 7pm

A Riveting Glimpse of a Vanished Bird (Imperial Woodpecker) #forests #IYF2011

Two feet tall, the imperial woodpecker of Mexico once reigned as the largest woodpecker in the world. But aggressive logging and even poisoning by the lumber companies in its Sierra Madre habitat is thought to have driven the bird into extinction sometime in the mid-20th century. Evaristo Hernández-Fernández/ Cornell Lab of Ornithology A painted illustration of how the imperial woodpecker might have appeared in its habitat. For decades it was believed that this star of the avian world had disappeared without a trace, with no photograph or film to document its existence. But this week, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology announced that a film was indeed available for viewing by the public. The discovery of the woodpecker film dates to the 1990s, when Martjan Lammertink, a woodpecker expert and researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology , found a reference to a film in which th...

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