Quiz: Can You Find the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker?

The U.S. declared the ivory-billed woodpecker extinct in 2021, but researchers claim it is still alive. Can you be the one to find it?

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Though the U.S. government declared the ivory-billed woodpecker extinct in 2021, the bird isn’t going down without a fight. A team of researchers claim the elusive bird is still alive and pecking in the forests of Louisiana, though their research has yet to be peer-reviewed. So we need your help. Is the ivory-billed woodpecker really extinct, or can you help us find it?

  1. 1 It’s time to find the ivory-billed woodpecker. Are you ready?

    1. Yes.
    2. Let's do it.
    3. …99! 100! Ready or not, here I come!
  2. 2 Where do you look first?

    1. The forest
    2. The Grand Canyon
    3. The bathroom
    4. New York City
  3. 3 Alright, you’re here. What do you do?

    1. Retrace your footsteps
    2. Shout “Ka-Kaw! Ka-Kaw!”
    3. Climb up high for a better view
    4. Play it cool and let the woodpecker come to you
  4. 4 Nope, no luck yet. Want to try something else?

    1. Download Find My Woodpecker on your phone
    2. Put some wood on the floor that’s just begging to be pecked
    3. Ask if you can stop playing hide-and-seek and switch to man hunt so it’s quicker
    4. Keep doing what you were doing before, like an idiot
  5. 5 You’re about to give up when… wait, is that a sound? What is that sound?

    1. Cock-a-doodle doo!
    2. Ka-Kaw! Ka-Kaw!
    3. Aflac!
    4. A quiet nasal “toot”
  6. 6 You follow the sound and eventually, you notice something rustling. It’s…

    1. High up in a tree
    2. Far away on a lake
    3. Straddling a cable line
    4. Leaving an upper decker
  7. 7 You can’t get a good view so far away, so you try taking a picture to get a better view.

    1. Zoom in really far on your camera
    2. Hold your camera up to a pair of binoculars
    3. Buy a new sports lens, wait 7 business days for it to arrive, and use that
    4. Turn on the camera timer, then chuck the camera toward it so it snaps the picture automatically
  8. 8 Dammit, the picture is blurry. I guess there’s only one way to find out if it’s an ivory-billed woodpecker.

    1. Walk up to it
    2. Jump out and say “peek-a-boo!”
    3. Ask it nicely
    4. Hire a biologist on Craigslist

Quiz: Can You Find the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker?

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    You found the ivory-billed woodpecker!

    You did it! That’s the ivory-billed woodpecker! Submit your blurry picture to a peer-reviewed academic journal and collect your Nobel prize, because you just brought a famous bird species back from the dead. Congratulations! Now don’t let the fame get to you.

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    You idiot! That’s a duck!

    Are you a moron? If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, in no scenario is it an ivory-billed woodpecker. Go back to school, you half-baked dimwit.

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    Bad news, it was just a regular woodpecker. But sometimes it’s about the journey, not the destination.

    Think about it. You took a chance. You explored. You risked everything. None of that would have happened without the ivory-billed woodpecker. And sure, you didn’t find what you were hoping for, but what you did find was so much more valuable. Maybe the real ivory-billed woodpecker was inside you all along.

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    Oops, it was an electric toothbrush.

    Tough mistake, but it can happen to anyone. You wouldn’t expect an electric toothbrush to sound like a woodpecker, but in this case, that’s what happened. Is it disappointing? Yes. But it’s going to be okay. Take a year, reflect on what happened, and move onto bigger and better things. Searching for extinct woodpeckers might be more of a hobby than a job for you.

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Ethan Brown

Ethan is a recent graduate of Boston University from Bethel, Connecticut with a dual degree in Environmental Analysis & Policy and Film & Television.


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