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  • Imperial Dreams: Searching for the Long-lost Imperial Woodpecker in the Wild Sierra Madre

    Monday, November 4, 2013 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Explorers Club

    In the vast mountain pine forests of Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental lived a bird like no other-a spectacular giant woodpecker, two feet in length, largest of its clan that ever lived. With the deepest black plumage and brilliant, snow-white feathers that show as a white shield on its back, the Imperial is the closest relative of America's famed Ivory-billed Woodpecker. The last documented sighting of an Imperial Woodpecker took place in 1956, and yet rumors still persist among the mountain villagers that this bird still lives in the remotest reaches of this mighty mountain range. To find out if the rumors could possibly be true, author Tim Gallagher set out on a harrowing journey through the high country of the Sierra Madre, a vast, lawless region-now the epicenter of illegal drug growing in Mexico. Join Tim for a fascinating evening as he shares his adventures in search of this enigmatic ghost bird.

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