A special thank you goes out to Lynda Haynes and the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society for inviting me to speak at their annual meeting.
Arboretum folks love trees, so do woodpeckers. My topic was about our local woodpecker species in general and briefly about the very non-native species I spent three years of my life with: the ivory-billed woodpecker. Although I have never seen the legendary Ghost Bird, I did write a book about UT's own James T. Tanner and his search for ivorybills in the 1930s.
Penning the book with the help of his late wife Nancy was one of my life's most memorable events.
Miss you, Nancy!