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Setup to find Ivory-billed Woodpecker ...or at least a Pipistrelle (1 Viewer)


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So, clickbait title. Imagine that a tree hole in Louisiana contains a feather of Ivory-billed Woodpecker...

Mono had an excellent field biology concept, which to my knowledge was never used before. Check tree holes for accumulated stuff, at least outside breeding season. Check the content using a guide to bird feathers, optical microscope and guide to mammal hair, or fancy eDNA. This is potentially an excellent technique to find so diverse creatures as owls, bats, small mammals, small carnivores, owls, woodpeckers, wood-boring insects. Many of these are difficult to survey and very underreported. In contrast, tree holes are relatively easy to find and survey. And yield physical proof of animals presence.

BTW, if you try it at home, remember some stuff: falling from a tree is easy and killed several excellent naturalists. Inhaling bat guano can lead to unpleasant diseases. And tree holes are surprisingly long-lived, some exist many decades and easily to the time when IVB was still present.

Mono's original thread:

Improved video cam setup for Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
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