Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Rediscovered in Arkansas, from NPR
For those of you out there who aren’t birders, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker has been thought to be extinct for decades; the last confirmed sighting was in the 1940s. Until last year, apparently, when sightings were confirmed, and a fly-over of the Ivory-billed was caught on videotape, no less. Ornithologists have been sitting on this for over a year while they confirmed it, and The Nature Conservancy bought up land around the area of the sightings. You really have to understand, this is like the holy grail of ornithology.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s pages on the Search for the Ivory-billed, and species description.
Article in Science: Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) Persists in Continental North America. The Supporting Online Material includes the video.
Update, 4/29: Two new stories from NPR: The Future of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker & The Significance of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
Jeff, did you listen to the audio? I didn’t detect anything that wasn’t on the level in your comment, so I can’t be sure. Mabye it’s my irony deficiency.