Friday, February 5, 2010

Ivory-billed Woodpecker Search in East-Central Louisiana

Originally posted 3/12/10 - backdated to organize posts by topic.

So much has been written about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker that I created this site, in part, to give its fantastic relatives more exposure!  After all, aside from the Ivory-bill and the largest woodpecker in the world, the Imperial Woodpecker, the other 9 species of Campephilus woodpeckers are all undoubtedly alive and well.   All 11 species of these large Campephilus woodpeckers are splendid creatures who warrant our deep admiration.

So what of the Ivory-bill?  Some people, including yours truly, believe that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker has persisted into the 21st Century.  Others disagree.  This winter, I participated in my 6th and most eventful search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the southeastern U.S.  For details about what my team saw and heard in Louisiana in late January:


emupilot said...

Thank you for putting your time and your dime into the search and for sharing your results with the public.

Bill Benish said...

That's very nice of you emupilot. Thank you!

Dave M. said...

The more I look at the picture, the more intrigued I get.

I had a detailed conversation about the pic with someone this weekend who brought up interesting questions but, after looking carefully at the pic, his questions led to my own increased interest in the image. His "concerns" were, for me anyway, quelled with a more careful examination of the photo.

Great presentation of a sensitive issue!

Phil said...

You are absolutely correct, they all warrant our admiration and that plate displays why. Just a brilliant ancient family of birds.

Bill Benish said...

It's unusual to see the Ivory-billed Woodpecker of the USA depicted with these three species from the UK & Europe, the Green Woodpecker, the Great Spotted Woodpecker & the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. This is a scan of a print that I purchased off Ebay quite a while ago. It is a plate from A History of the Earth and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith, published in several volumes, with this one apparently dating to the 1862 work.

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