Laboratory of Ornithology update Nov. 4, 2011

View recorded flight of Imperial Woodpecker

Extinct for half a century, the 2-foot-tall, flamboyantly crested Imperial Woodpecker – the world’s largest known woodpecker – can be seen once more through a 16-mm film recording by the late William L. Rhein, “Flying Imperial Woodpecker.” The film was shot in 1956 in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Durango state, capturing the last confirmed sighting of an Imperial Woodpecker in the wild. It is available for viewing at More information:

Bird photography contest

The deadline for a birding photo contest, “Close Encounters of the Bird Kind,” is Nov. 15.
Entries can be in the form of a story, a photo, artwork, video, poetry, sculpture or any other creative art. Prizes include binoculars, bird feeders, sound CDs, books and more.

Adélie penguins

Photographer and author Chris Linder will use images from his recent book “Science on Ice,” to explore how Adélie penguins—and the researchers that study them—survive and thrive at Cape Royds and Crozier, the southernmost penguin colonies in the world, in a free talk, Nov. 7, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. Linder will also be on hand to sign copies of his book. Information:

Birds on iPad

A collection of four interactive bird games for use on the Apple iPad, “My Bird World,” is now for sale and available on iTunes. The games teach children about 24 species of North American birds, including their songs, food choices and habitats, and test memory, reading, sound and visual pattern recognition, and bird identification. They were co-produced by Five Ravens, the digital division of Birdcage Press, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Bird songs and calls come from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library. A portion of the proceeds supports Cornell Lab research and education programs about birds.