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23 Species declared extinct

  • That makes me so sad, as well.

    Local note: the article says the ivory billed woodpecker was last seen in the US in 1978 in Louisiana. But as recently as 8-10 years ago, there was an article in the New Orleans paper about a possible sighting of one in Bayou Sauvage, the place where the 1978 sighting occurred.

    We have pileated woodpeckers in our woods now and then — large, prehistoric looking creatures very similar in appearance to their extinct ivory billed relatives. Mistaken identity, coupled with wishful thinking, could explain the reported sightings.

    It is just tragic to think of losing entire species during our lifetime.