Down in Louisiana, the last-known living pair of ivory-billed woodpeckers
carved out cavities that measured 5 1/2 inches tall by 4 inches wide.
It was reported over and over that the "Lord God bird" was a kind of unofficial nickname for the ivory-billed woodpecker
Since then, numerous search parties have been launched to comb that patch of forest for more evidence of the bird's existence, and scientists have been examining the video frame by frame and debating whether it really depicts an ivory-billed woodpecker
or just a more common, similar-looking pileated woodpecker.
As a child in the 1970s, I dreamed of being the first person to discover that the ivory-billed woodpecker
was not really extinct.
THE GRAIL BIRD: HOT ON THE TRAIL OF THE IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER
provides their adventures and their personal observation by two qualified observers who could verify their find.
The ivory-billed woodpecker
is one of six North American bird species suspected or known to have gone extinct since 1880," wrote the researchers, led by John Fitzpatrick of the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology in New York.
In his book The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
(Houghton Mifflin, $25) this lifetime birder and magazine editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology writes about fulfilling a long-held dream: "And then it happened.
Thankfully, we can now say the same about the largest woodpecker in the United States, the magnificent ivory-billed woodpecker
So take a listen to an ivory-billed woodpecker
, common loon, marbled wood quail, satin bowerbird, red-ruffed fruitcrow, superb lyrebird, Australian magpie, common nighthawk, common raven, or canyon wren.
Such is the case of the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker
(Campephilus [=Picus] principalis), also a dweller of eastern North American forests, which is near to extinction at the close of the twentieth century.
My tears were for the dusky seaside sparrow, the Xerces blue butterfly, the ivory-billed woodpecker
and many other extinct species.
Would we still have the ivory-billed woodpecker
, the great auk, and the heath hen if the principal populations of those now extinct species had lived in one of the U.