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.