Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Search For Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers Comes To Kingsville In Lecture

KINGSVILLE - October 08, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The ivory-billed woodpecker is an endangered species long thought extinct until recently. Dr. Geoffrey Hill, alumni professor of biological sciences at Auburn University, will speak at Texas A&M University-Kingsville about his search for the elusive bird at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12. Hill’s presentation will be held in the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center at the Stephen J. "Tio" and Janell Kleberg Wildlife Research Park, 1730 W. Corral, adjacent to campus.

He will discuss his attempts to locate the ivory-billed woodpecker in old growth flooded river drainage in the Florida Panhandle. He also will be available to sign his book Ivorybill Hunters: The Search for Proof in a Flooded Wilderness, published by Oxford University Press. His book will be on sale before and after the lecture.

Hill earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, his master’s from University of New Mexico and his doctorate from University of Michigan. All degrees were in biology. He has written three other books, Bird Coloration, Volume 1: Mechanisms and Measurements and Bird Coloration, Volume 2: Function and Evolution, both published by Harvard University Press, and Red Bird in a Brown Bag: The Function and Evolution of Colorful Plumage in the House Finch, published by Oxford University Press.

The lecture is sponsored by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and is free to the public. For more information, call 361-593-3079.

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