Lecture Set For Feb. 2 Bird Club Meeting

Published 4:13 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2012

For the February 2 meeting of the Margaret H. Watson Bird Club, Mark Fink, chair of the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at Longwood University will introduce the movie, “Ghost Bird – The Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.”

Mark writes about the program, “This thrilling eco-noir investigates the strange but true story of a small town in Arkansas overrun by a nation of birders all in search of the Holy Grail with wings – the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Presumed extinct for over half a century, the iconic bird was seen flying through the bayous of eastern Arkansas in 2004 by scientists who announced the Ivory-bill's miraculous rediscovery.

Or was it? Despite years of searching, the bird's fate remains a mystery. This witty, intelligent documentary brings the Ivory-billed's blurry rediscovery into focus, revealing our uneasy relationship with nature and the increasing uncertainty of our place within it.” Comments on the DVD box include, “Will fascinate practically everybody,” from the New York Times and, “Spellbinding,” from New York Magazine. So come prepared to be fascinated and spellbound!

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The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library and popcorn will be served. The public is invited.