Birds Are Wildlife

The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Is Officially Extinct

Seventy years stuck in the denial stage of grief

female red-bellied woodpecker
I can’t give you a photograph of an Ivory-bill but here’s a nice yard visitor, my adult female Red-Bellied Woodpecker / photo by author Amethyst Qu

The Fish and Wildlife Service has called the game. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is extinct.

Well, my friends, the referee’s whistle has been a long time coming. The slow-rolling deliberate killing of this bird in the…



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