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Yellow Bird: Hope in woodpecker's survival


"The whole idea that humans would cause a species to disappear from this earth is reprehensible. So when I learned that one of these creatures survived in spite of it all, I was thrilled.

The ivory-billed woodpecker did not go extinct after all, I learned.

I also was told that it's too early to celebrate. There still is some doubt in the minds of some experts about the live bird's existence, but there also is hope.

Dave Lambeth, a birdwatcher, photographer and professor of biochemistry at UND, will take part in an investigation to look for this big woodpecker in the White River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, near where the Mississippi and the White rivers meet. In January, he'll be traveling to the Arkansas swampland to check out whether there really are one or more ivory-billed woodpeckers there."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Birdwatching gives reason for hope (The Grand Forks Herald 12/6)

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