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Woodpecker Obsession

Date: February 10, 2006

Phone: 269-471-3243

Bobby R. Harrison, associate professor and director of art at Oakwood College in Alabama and Andrews University alum, will present "Obsessed with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker," on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 pm at Price Hall.

Harrison, along with colleague Tim Gallagher, took part in an extensive search for a species long considered extinct by scientists worldwide. After years of seemingly useless prowling through the Southern region of the United States, the team experienced a miraculous sighting of the "ghost bird of the shadowy swamp" while canoeing in Arkansas. The encounter - the first since 1944 - launched a massive search for this mysterious species and culminated in an April announcement of the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker. In his presentation, Harrison will recount the story of the ivory-bill's close encounter with extinction and trace the thrilling resurrection of this modern-day phoenix.

Bobby Harrison is an award-winning nature photographer, speaker, writer and educator. His articles and photographs have appeared in many calendars and magazines, including Audubon, Natural History, Birder's World, WildBird, Bird Watcher's Digest, Living Bird, Nature's Best, International Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer and the Journal of Science. Harrison is one of the recipients of the prestigious 2006 Explorer's Club Conservationist of the Year Award and has received three awards in the Nature's Best photography competitions. He was also featured in the television series, Nature's Best Photography, produced by the National Wildlife Federation and Nikon Incorporated. Harrison is a former board member of NANPA, the North American Nature Photographer's Association.

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