The Lord God Bird Returns: Rediscovering the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
New video and photographs claiming to show ivory-billed woodpeckers flying in a Louisiana forest have been published by the researchers.
Nearly 80 years after the last agreed-upon sightings in Louisiana, the new images present evident hope.
Evidence is provided by the images captured by drones and trail cameras.
Several experts are believed to have added to prior indications of the survival of the ivory-billed woodpecker.
The proposal to declare the species extinct is called upon to be abandoned by the government.
The peer-reviewed research published in the journal Ecology & Evolution is the result of over a decade of searching for woodpeckers at an undisclosed location.
Identified as ivory-billed woodpeckers, birds with distinct black and white coloration are shown in drone video from as recently as October, as included in the research.
Given the scarcity of photographs of the birds since the 1930s, the extraordinary nature of the recent photographic evidence is highlighted by Mark Michaels from Project Principals, the sponsor of the work.
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The researchers collected audio recordings of the woodpeckers, and the birds were directly encountered, either visually or audibly, by most of the research team.