Friday, 16 May 2014
One of the Last
Tanner estimated that there were then no more than two dozen Ivory-Bills surviving in the whole of America, with no more than eight in any one place. The only hope of saving the species was to preserve the Singer Tract untouched. But the logging rights to the tract had already been sold, and a desperate campaign by the National Audubon Society only speeded up the rate of tree felling. A purchase offer by the Audubon Society's president was turned down, and the lumber company got to work in earnest. Visiting the Singer Tract in the winter of 1943-4, conservationist Richard Pough found one female Ivory-Bill in a patch of remaining uncut forest. She was still there in April 1944, and that was the last time anyone definitely saw an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker.