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Ivory-billed woodpecker quest topic of refuge series film

By Staff | Feb 25, 2020


Believed extinct, the ivory-billed woodpecker remains a source of fascination for birders.

The eighth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series will continue its biweekly showings on March 4 with “Ghost Bird” at 1 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

A 2005 announcement of an ivory-billed woodpecker sighting brought flocks of determined birders to a small town in Arkansas. Produced four years later in 2009, “Ghost Bird” tells the story of hope, faith and the limits of certainty in the quest to resurrect the lost species. The 85-minute nonfiction feature gives a chronology of historical sightings of the bird that has eluded birders for more than a decade.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free showings in the Visitor & Education Center, with sponsorship from the Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

The season’s remaining schedule is as follows:

– March 18: “The Swamp”

– April 1: “Bird of Prey”

A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched.

For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.