KU News Release


Jan. 28, 2011
Contact: Jen Humphrey, Natural History Museum, 785-864-2344

Natural History Museum presents ‘Ghost Bird’

More Information

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Natural History Museum will present a film that explores the role of science, emotion and the media in the reported sighting of an extinct bird.

“Ghost Bird,” a 2010 documentary, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Panorama Gallery at the museum. Following the film, ornithologist Mark Robbins will lead a talk-back session titled “Conservation and the Ivory Bill Fantasy.”

Set in a murky swamp overrun with birders, scientists and reporters, “Ghost Bird” looks at the 2005 announcement that the ivory-billed woodpecker, a species thought to be extinct for 60 years, had been found in the swamps of eastern Arkansas.

The announcement made headlines globally and prompted the largest recovery effort ever undertaken for a lost species. Millions of dollars poured in while ornithologists and birders flocked to the swamps to find the bird.

At the same time, evidence mounted that the original video sighting was in error. The film weaves together the work of scientists who disputed the sighting with the characters of the small town of Brinkley, Ark., which was transformed by the hope, commerce and controversy surrounding the bird.

More information about the film and its theatrical trailer can be found at ghostbirdmovie.com.

The event is free. The museum is located at 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. Parking is available one block north of the museum at the Mississippi Street parking garage.


The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

kunews@ku.edu | (785) 864-3256 | 1314 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045

KU Today

Subscribe to our daily newsletter covering research, academics, media coverage, campus news, events & more. Subscribe

Connect

Contact

Related


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).