Thursday, December 1, 2022

It's Been A Long Time: The Lost Has Been Found

Environmental & Science Education, STEM, Wildlife, Nature, Extinction

Ed Hessler 

The black-naped pheasant-pigeon had not been seen since 1882, some 140 years and now it has been "rediscovered," "refound."

Tiffany Turnbull, BBC News, Sydney (Australia) writes that "After a month of searching (Fergusson Island - its only habitat), a team in September captured footage of the species deep in the forest of a tiny island off Papua New Guinea."

"It was a mammoth effort that involved countless interviews with locals, 20 camera traps and a run-in with pirates.

"It felt like 'finding a unicorn', said expedition co-lead John Mittermeier."


The link to the story includes a photograph and more details on how the bird was found. Here are links to information about two other scientists mentioned in Turnbull's essay, Jason Gregg and Jordan Boersma.

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