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Ghost Bird

  • Director: Scott Crocker
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Running Time: 85 min.

This free screening is sponsored by the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Registration begins February 17. Call 417-888-4237 to reserve your spot as seats are limited. Adults only. This film is not rated.

The ivory-billed woodpecker has long been considered the Holy Grail by diehard birders who refused to believe it went extinct over sixty years ago. When scientists announced that the bird had been found in the swamps of Eastern Arkansas, the nation’s 70 million birders celebrated the woodpecker’s second coming. As did the citizens of nearby Brinkley who welcomed the flood of tourists to their down-and-out Delta town. Following the largest recovery effort ever undertaken for a lost species, and despite millions of dollars in funding, ivory-bills remain as elusive as ever. With the current rate of species extinction estimated at over 100 times the planet’s evolutionary average, salvation may be too late for more than just the ivory-billed woodpecker. Ghost Bird brings the ivory-bill’s blurry rediscovery into focus, revealing our uneasy relationship with nature and the increasing uncertainty of our place within it. (Anthology Film Archives)

"Generally speaking, bird-watching is a pastime that is extremely interesting to a few people and not at all interesting to anyone else. But Scott Crocker has turned a bird-watching tale into a multilayered story that will fascinate practically everybody in Ghost Bird, a witty, wistful documentary."
- Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
"An unassuming, clear-headed documentary about the hope that heaven and Earth may have actually produced a miracle, at least this time around, and allowed a species back from extinction."
- Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
"Backed by an eclectic soundtrack, Crocker's 2009 doc traces the hubbub around the decades-departed ivory-billed woodpecker, purportedly rediscovered near Brinkley, Arkansas."
- Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice