Among the most important treasures housed at the Science Museum is a group of mounted specimens representing endangered and extinct birds. One of the best-known of these species is the ivory-billed woodpecker, shown in this full mount.
The ivory-billed woodpecker was one of the largest woodpeckers in the world and lived in the forests of the southeastern United States and Cuba. Its numbers dwindled due to habitat destruction and hunting. Today, experts are uncertain whether or not any are still alive. Occasional reports of sightings and other evidence of living ivory-billed woodpeckers have remained unconfirmed by ornithologists.
The Science Museum's specimen was collected in 1909 in Madison County, Louisiana, and donated to the museum by Jonathan Dwight, Jr., a Springfield resident who went on to become president of the American Ornithologists Union.
|Credit line||Given by Jonathan Dwight, Jr.|