Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ivory-bill article

E.O. Wilson from Harvard was quoted in a great article from The Boston Globe about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. He
fears that the 2004-05 sightings might merely represent a single freak survivor, doomed without a mate. But Wilson is also adamant that a major search should continue so long as there is a glimmer of hope for "this extraordinary part of the fauna.

"Sadly, reports of the ivory-billed's extinction may be true - I don't see much more than a 10 percent chance we'll ever see a live one," Wilson said in an interview last month, shortly after a trip to the Choctawhatchee River. "But great science discoveries have come from longer odds."
Read the entire article here.


  1. Bobby Harrison searched for over 33 years, because he has not seen it since 2005 he is not giving up. For Ivory-bill search updates, please check out:

  2. A very interesting commentary from E.O. Wilson. I agree that extraordinary efforts have, to date, been justified for this iconic bird, which it always has been for me. However at a certain point, one has to make choices where money and effort are going to be spent. I recently saw Louis Bevier's comments on the USFWS draft recovery plan--they make very interesting reading, and seem to be a very good summary of the evidence from someone without an institutional stake on this issue (that I know of).