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.

2 comments :

  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: ibwfound.blogspot.com

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  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).

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