Update: Blog owner Mark VanderVen, a member of Geoff Hill's search team, was asked this today in his comment section:
Mark, if you had to bet the farm on there being at least one living ivorybill still out there, how would you bet?Mark's reply was:
Yea or nay?
...I'd bet nay, though it would be a wager I'd hope to lose!Note this 1/11/07 excerpt from Mark's first post on "Feathered Ghosts":
On my first day I heard suggestive "double-knocks" deep in the forest, which may well have come from an Ivory-billed Woodpecker (henceforth known by its banding code "IBWO." I'm still on the fence as to whether the bird exists at all, though slowly coming around to believing that it does. I'm quite familiar with all of the other woodpeckers in these forests, and have never heard anything quite like this.