Laura (tavella) wrote,
Laura
tavella

though much is lost, much yet abides

It's remarkable how much hearing about the ivory billed woodpecker cheered me. The ivorybill was the first time I understood the concept that animals could go away forever. I remember looking through my dad's birding guides when I was very young, and seeing it and the sad little history, the final sighting in 1944.

Now to only hope that it's not the last of them. Given that the conditions for the ivory bill have been improving in that location, with forest regrowing, it seems more likely to be a bold young bird out investigating new territories than a last survivor, but it's not impossible to imagine it as a solitary male, exploring the forests in a futile search for a mate.
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