The following is an excerpt from AMANDA KOOSER | August 23, 2018 | Cnet.com |
Six weeks and a 250-mile (400-kilometer) trek on foot through a thick forest. That's what it took for a research team to rediscover an endangered bird thought likely to be extinct.
The team, led by students from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK, went in search of what the university describes as "one of the rarest birds in the Western Hemisphere."
The Bahama Nuthatch looked like a goner after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The dainty bird is found only in a pine forest on Grand Bahama Island. UEA released brief video footage of the bird this week.
The nuthatch was estimated to have a population of about 1,800 in 2004, but a 2007 survey uncovered just 23 birds. Habitat destruction due to logging and storm damage have contributed to the bird's precarious situation.
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