It’s Alive, No It’s Extinct, It’s Alive, No It’s Extinct

Every year, or so, the Ivory Billed Woodpecker is claimed to be sighted, though just last year, 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially declared it extinct. Well, maybe not. The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA claims to have new evidence that the Ivory Billed Woodpecker lives. They have published a paper claiming multiple lines of evidence which suggest that in fact the Ivory Billed Woodpecker is not extinct.

I’ll withhold judgment on the Ivory Billed Woodpecker being alive, for the same reason my brothers chide me when I relate a black bear encounter I had. Unless you have photos, it didn’t happen.

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