In which David Sibley plays the role of hero

Bryan and  I had the opportunity to see the film Ghost Bird at KU’s natural history museum last night. The film chronicles the reported sightings of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and the subsequent fallout from the announcement the bird had returned from extinction. It also does a brilliant job of showing the impact hope and human nature can have on science.

You can watch a trailer online, and if you have the chance, do see the full film. It’s fantastic.

 

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Doug Smith on February 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Sibley is a scientist of towering authority.

    Is there still an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker anywhere? Perhaps.

    Are there similar species still living outside the U.S. Absolutely. Was this bird hunted to extinction, along with loss of habitat. Probably. Seeing those drawers full of specimens, did scientists play any role in reducing numbers? Very possibly.

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