Call of the Woodpecker

FEBRUARY 23, 2006 - Posted at 8:07 a.m. CST

BRINKLEY, AR - A series of events begins today in Brinkley to mark the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker.

The bird was thought to be extinct until verified sightings last year in the east Arkansas wilderness.

The celebration of the bird last through Saturday.

Events include speakers and exhibits put on by groups that have been doing field research on the woodpecker.

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