Ghost Bird

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This streaming video is a clip from an upcoming movie called Ghost Bird. This film is a documentary about the controversial rediscovery of North America’s largest woodpecker species, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, which went extinct early last century [3:29].

To learn more about the film, visit the Ghost Bird website. You might also be interested in reading this news article.

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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Ghost Bird

  1. cyberthrush says:

    Keep up with the searches/news here:
    http://ivorybills.blogspot.com

  2. Jeremy says:

    Neat. I can’t wait to see this. I used the IB sightings as an example in a paper I wrote a few years ago on the epistemology of testimony. Interesting philosophical and scientific issues aside, one hopes that the region where the sightings occurred will use the notoriety to create a conservation and “ecotourism” industry. They should expand their focus beyond just the IB, think about birding tour guides, natural history museums, etc.