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Ivory Billed Woodpecker Story in the NYTimes --- long but interesting read

Started by Woolly Bugger, May 07, 2006, 11:47:37 AM

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Woolly Bugger

If I wanted to, I could claim something that fewer than two dozen people on the planet right now can: I have seen an ivory-billed woodpecker. It was only a year ago that history was made when it was announced that this legendary woodpecker — also known as the Lord God Bird for the excited cry said to accompany a sighting — was not extinct, as had been widely believed, but had been positively identified in a swamp called the Bayou de View in Arkansas. On Feb. 26, I visited the bayou with Bill Tippit, a friendly bear of a birder. We were expecting to spend the day in the swamp with an expert guide, but in the chime of a cellphone, we found ourselves suddenly guideless, standing there with our waders, a canoe and a big desire. "I'm game," he said in his slow, deep twang. So we put in and spent the day drifting around the primeval beauty of Arkansas's most famous bottom-land swamp.

Read the eight page article.....

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/07/magazine/07woodpecker.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

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Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

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flyman

Yea, I'm redneck, so what!

Busta Brown

They just did a story in the NC Wildlife Magazine about the Ivory Bill that I get and it was very interesting. It is cool to hear a story like this.

Jeff ]


Woolly Bugger

http://www.sciencefriday.com/videos/watch/10414

This is the only known photographic documentation of the Imperial woodpecker, a 2-foot-tall relation of the Ivory-billed woodpecker. Found in a mountain range in Mexico, the Imperial is highly endangered, if not extinct. William Rhein, a dentist and amateur ornithologist who captured the bird on film in the 50s, wasn't pleased with the footage, and never publicly released the film. Tim Gallagher, editor-in-chief of Living Bird magazine, describes how the film was found and how it inspired Gallagher to pay a visit to the very same area a half century later. Footage was recorded by Dr. William L. Rhein Ronald Thorpe donated the film to the Macaulay Library, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Jfey

Bob Fulton, aka RiverGeezer, wrote about his experience looking for The ivory billed woodpecker with a group from Cornell in his book; Swamp Drifter.  Pretty interesting stuff.

Yup, going fishing

ajhock

Good Stuff.  I believe life wants to carry on, whether it knows it is extinct or not.  Even with these spotty images of a known animal, the questions of it's "existence" remain.  Phewrrrrrrr to the Mountain Lion/Bigfoot debate.  The article sounds a bit like the upstream/dry fly gentlemen arguing in their polite but vicious way with the downstream/nymph group.  I have a love of the history of wooden sailing yachts and their evolution- and the debate sounds the same as that.  Maybe it is the way "gentleman" egomaniacs argue.  This might be the most civil disagreement I have seen in a while.  At band camp, we painted a pilated woodpecker's bill white and sent it to a friend in Arkansas.         

""Beauty is truth, truth beauty," - that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."-J. Keats

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ajhock

Tranny-You are a dirty bird.  Birders are more serious than fly guys,and birthers.    Although the those birds are worth a more careful study.

""Beauty is truth, truth beauty," - that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."-J. Keats


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