Rosen also touches on a particularly thorny conservation case, that of the ivorybill
woodpecker as a symbol of the loss of wilderness, and whether or not it still persists in Southern swamps.
Nice Guys Finish Last IVORYBILL
HUNTERS: The Search for Proof in a Flooded Wilderness GEOFFREY E.
hunters; the search for proof in a flooded wilderness.
Upset upon learning in 1995 that the ivorybill
woodpecker had gone extinct after being reduced to the few remaining primeval swamps of Louisiana, Florida and South Carolina, Wilson laments what we are doing to the landscape.
To be in this wetland, says John McPhee, is "to float among trees under silently flying blue herons, to see the pileated woodpecker, to hope to see an ivorybill
, to hear the prothonotary warbler.
Then came the reply, ricocheting through the forest: the haunting sound of an ivorybill
-- a tinny toot, single and double notes intertwined, like a child's toy horn.
In 2005, a team from the famed ornithology department at Cornell University stunned the birding world by announcing that it had found the elusive ivorybill
in the wetlands of eastern Arkansas.
Alexander Wilson, early American naturalist and friend of Audubon, assigned the ivorybill
We had 50 highly-qualified applicants from around the world apply for these two positions and soon realized that the combined skill sets of some of these individuals would greatly increase our chances of locating the Ivorybill
if it still exists in this area," said Dr.
question - 'Is it extinct or does it actually still exist?
Race at Morning" in William Faulkner's Big Woods (1931) has probably enjoyed a wider readership than anything ever written on deer hunting, and James Kilgo's Deep Enough for Ivorybills
(1988) is a beautifully crafted book.