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Friday, October 15, 2010

 

-- Mississippi Hearkening --

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Having long considered Mississippi one of the most promising states to search for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers I've been disappointed by the relatively short shrift it seemed to get from official sources during the last 5 years compared to Florida, Arkansas, Louisiana, and South Carolina.
Mark Bonta of Delta State University was one of the few people to spend some significant time researching the possibility of IBWOs there.
A podcast is now up in which he makes general remarks/points about that IBWO search. First half of the podcast is more on the music and sociology of Mississippi, but the Ivory-bill material begins at about the 14-minute mark, and is worth a listen:

http://www.vianegativa.us/?powerpress_pinw=9242-podcast

[ NOTE: as mentioned in comments below, the above direct-link to the podcast comes from this blog post:
http://tinyurl.com/2g3xhhz ]
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Comments:
"The ivory-bill is a symbol. So the searches for the ivory-bill today, in many cases, involve people's searches for themselves."

No wonder there's no photo -- people have the camera pointed in the wrong direction. No really, you can tell this guy works at a university.
 
There's no photo because cyberthrush linked directly to the player. The actual post is here. And yes, my brother is an intellectual. I'm sorry you have a problem with that.
 
I think there's a lot of truth in what your brother says about us searching for ourselves. As someone who has long felt a profound connection to the southern swamplands, this bird for me represents a kind of shining jewel among the brown swamp waters and gray Spanish moss, somehow out of place yet right at home.

I think it's also true that some feel that the whole idea of "second chances" is a dangerous one in this context. David Sibley has said as much. Yet quite independent of the ivory-bill, it is simply a fact that nature has often turned out to be more resilient than we thought.
 
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