Saturday, April 30, 2005

Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Streaming Video!

Here is a link to a wonderful streaming news report about the ivory-billed woodpecker sighting from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. It contains interviews with several of the team members and shows video footage from 1930 as well as the new video footage of the ivory-billed woodpecker. You need quicktime to view this report (link to free download provided).

I cannot view this video clip because I use a Mac computer. However, a friend tells me this video clip of the ivory-billed woodpecker is very good. It is hosted by National Geographic News and requires Windows Media Player to view.

The significance of the ivory-billed woodpecker, as reported by National Public Radio. This is from yesterday's Morning Edition show.

The Earth Observatory has a satellite photo from NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Habitat and a story that are very interesting.

This is a nice species account about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker by Jerome Jackson, woodpecker expert and author of the book, In Search of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Links to two of John Tanner's 1935 black-and-white photographs of the ivory-billed woodpecker, published by Dover Publications. This link also includes two drawings that you will find very interesting. The first drawing shows the differences between ivory-billed woodpeckers and pileated woodpeckers, which amateur birders sometimes confuse as ivory-billed woodpeckers. The second drawing is a lovely and detailed map of the historic range of these birds, documenting the decline of their populations over the decades.

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Anonymous psilo said...

I knew this news would be reported on here immediately. Coming from Hawaii, where most of the native species of birds are now extinct, it makes me happy to hear of such sightings.

aloha
psilo

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

Thanks for the video links and other news. You can see Windows Media on a Mac, I did, you just have to have the app. Don't bother though. It looks far, far better in QuickTime.

I've heard the apocryphal reports they were still around for years and always scoffed at how sad and desperate people must be to imagine seeing them. Never realized how desperate I was to see one until I heard they were still to be seen.

I get a thrill every time a pileated woodpecker visits my yard. I can't imagine how exciting it would be to see its big cousin out of nowhere.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous C. Corax said...

Patriot Boy has a post on his blog. He wants that Ivory Bill on his trailer wall. Look what's been appointed to head U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

7:56 AM  
Blogger GrrlScientist said...

This is certainly the BIGGEST ornithological news of my lifetime, and I am enjoying it. I hope that the huge public interest this has generated can be translated into a huge groundswell of support to protect our endangered species and their habitats, too (but I also hoped this would happen during and after the Pale Male/Lola protests).

C. Corax: I read Ivory Bills' blog entry and it seems he is trying to poke fun at rednecks. Either that, or he is so far gone that he has no idea what an incredible redneck he is.

GrrlScientist

8:40 AM  
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