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Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Ivory-billed woodpeckers, pictured above, disappeared from view in Florida in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Reported sightings since then consistently have turned out to be similar, but more abundant, pileated woodpeckers. Unconfirmed indications ivory-bills still may exist in the Florida Panhandle have raised new hope the species may not be extinct.

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FWC Facts:
The organism that causes red tide in Florida, Karenia brevis, owes its name to a state researcher of harmful algal blooms, Dr. Karen Steidinger.

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