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Started by Woolly Bugger, May 07, 2006, 11:47:37 AM
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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.....
Chuck Norris brought the ivory bill back from extinction :)
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.