Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

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Science  03 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5727, pp. 1422-1423
DOI: 10.1126/science.1114507

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The ivory-billed woodpecker, thought to be extinct, has been discovered living in the bottomland forest of the Mississippi River in Arkansas. Wilcove explains that the survival of this bird was due to preservation of the unique bottomland ecosystem, not to conservation directed at the species itself. He also notes that, although this discovery may spark hope for other scarce or extinct species, in general the rate of extinction of existing birds contues to be tragically high.