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Extinction in America - The Hunt for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

Presented by University of Akron Field Station at University of Akron Field Station, Akron OH

Jan 15 2019
Extinction in America - The Hunt for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

Help us ring in the New Year with our inaugural fascinating and interactive UAFS Natural History Seminar Series! 

To kick-off the series we have picked a subject certain to capture the imagination of anyone (young or not so young) who loves nature. Whether or not the dazzling, enormous IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER is extinct has been a hotly-debated topic in the scientific community since at least 1944. Matt Courtman, an ornithologist and recent transplant from Louisiana, will stoke the debate by revealing exciting developments in his team’s ongoing search for the Ivory-bill. Spoiler alert: Matt thinks that his team has found a population of Ivory-bills living in a forbidding and awe-inspiring Louisiana forest.

In addition to the specific question of the Ivory-bill, Matt will explore extinction generally, with an emphasis on Ohio. For instance, did you know that Ohio was home to the last-known Passenger Pigeon AND the last-known Carolina Parakeet? Expanding our focus further, we will also discuss what human-caused extinction says about Homo sapiens as a species.

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We hope that you will join us in person to share your thoughts about this important topic. If you can’t join us, and are interested in Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and/or birding generally, Matt would be delighted to hear from you at ivorybillsearch@gmail.com.

PLEASE RSVP to Lara at ldr11@uakron.edu so that we are sure to have enough snacks and seats!

Email: ldr11@uakron.edu

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