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THE #1 DOCUMENTARY FILM EVERY ENVIRONMENTALIST SHOULD SEE
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The Ivory-billed woodpecker — about 20″ long with a 2.5-foot wingspan — was one of the world’s largest woodpeckers, bigger than the better known, but smaller big bird, the pileated woodpecker. Relentless hunting plus extensive logging of its original southwestern U.S. forest habitat was thought to have wiped this magnificent bird from the face of the Earth.
The Ivory-billed was presumed extinct for over 50 years…but has recently had confirmed sightings in the woods of rural Arkansas! Now efforts are underway to protect it and its habitat for many reasons, including tourist dollars.
Controversy remains over whether the Ivory-billed does still exist deep in the woods, a sort of arboreal American Loch Ness monster bird hiding from predatory humans in the depths of southern forests and swamps. (See sources below.) Meanwhile, we say protect these forests the “Lord God Bird” may still live in, to protect all the other animals for whom the forest is home — just because it’s the right thing to do.
• READ NPR STORY
• READ wildlife painter Larry Chandler’s personal account of how his iconic painting of the Ivory-billed woodpecker (below) came to be: HERE.
• LISTEN to NPR PODCAST w. haunting song by Sufjan Stevens:
The painting below, “Hide and Seek,” by Pavel Tchelitchew, Russian-born U.S. immigrant (1898-1957) mesmerized me as a young man in my 20s living in New York City. I spent hours in front of it, when it was on display as part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art. If you’re a tree and art fan, this oil painting belongs on your bucket list to see in its full giant-sized glory, 78.5″ x 84.75″ (just over 6.5 feet x 7 feet).
In my web search for “Hide and Seek” after so many decades, I found “Adam’s Grave,” another beautiful work from the same painter: