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Old Wednesday 19th June 2013, 20:41   #1
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Meet America's Most Endangered Bird

The Florida race of the Grasshopper Sparrow:

http://www.audubonaction.org/site/Me...=true&pgwrap=n
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Interesting link. Until I clicked on it, I thought it might be about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker but I guess that is considered less endangered.

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Interesting link. Until I clicked on it, I thought it might be about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker but I guess that is considered less endangered.

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Ah yes, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker! When they first announced that one had been seen in Arkansas in 2005, we were very excited and went to a presentation by Tim Gallagher (author of the Grail Bird) and Bobby Harrison at our local Audubon Society. Since then they have spent 5 years searching intensively for more evidence, without any success!

It's certainly a very interesting topic - it is classed as Critically Endangered. Here are a couple of links to articles on the Cornell Lab's website:

The search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

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Interesting link. Until I clicked on it, I thought it might be about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker but I guess that is considered less endangered.
No, just the opposite I'm sorry to say: not less endangered, but extinct.
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No, just the opposite I'm sorry to say: not less endangered, but extinct.
Hi, Are you aware if the Aududon Society or indeed any of the Federal Agencies (eg USF&W) has stated in the public domain that IBWO "is extinct"?

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For those wishing to know what the link's about before clicking on it, the bird concerned is the Florida race of Grasshopper Sparrow (one of 12 subspecies). There's an interesting article (via a second click) about the status of this bird which is recommended, if depressing, reading.
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Hi, Are you aware if the Aududon Society or indeed any of the Federal Agencies (eg USF&W) has stated in the public domain that IBWO "is extinct"?
I'm not aware of any public statements by such bodies to that effect, but then I wouldn't necessarily be. Cornell has abandoned active search I know & I don't believe any other "official" organization is seriously looking for the woodpecker either at this stage. So official announcements or no, extinction's been practically conceded pretty much all round.
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