Now comes word that last month scientists from NASA and the University of Maryland launched a project to identify possible areas where the woodpecker might be living. Using a research aircraft, they flew over delta regions of the lower Mississippi River to track possible areas of habitat suitable for the woodpecker. The scientists used NASAs Laser Vegetation Imaging Sensor (LVIS) onboard the aircraft.
That's right. The acronym for the system they used was LVIS! That's spooky. Read all about it here.