The Lord God Bird

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    Dr. James Tanner with an Ivory Billed Woodpecker, circa 1937.

The Ivory Billed Woodpecker was thought to be extinct – until 2004, when it was rediscovered near the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas. The sightings were big news in a community depressed by recession and population loss. Our story weaves the locals’ reaction with an original song written and performed by musician Sufjan Stevens.

Winner of the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi award for Best National Radio Feature.

Sufjan Steven’s original song follows.