"....The truth is out there."
-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Monday, November 28, 2005
-- A Truly Incredible AR. Finding! --
Snowy Owls are one of my mostest favoritest grandest birds in the whole entire world so felt compelled to pass along this post which appeared today on the AR. birding listserv:
"I was just e-mailed a picture of a bird from the local weekly paper, Heber Springs Sun Times, to identify for them.Yes, no kidding, it was a Snowy Owl. Details are sketchy so far but it was apparently taken this past weekend north of Quitman along Hwy. 356 in Cleburne Co.The landowner said the bird appeared to be injured so he captured it and apparently turned it over to the AG&FC. Of course more info is needed to know if this truly a wild bird and a bonafide occurence but what other records are there for Arkansas ?"
Apparently (according to another poster) there are only 4 records of Snowys in AR., and those occurred between 1946 and 1955 -- I'm guessin' there have been a whole lot more Ivory-bills than Snowys in the state both before and since then!!
They were hunted mercilessly then and they still proved rather unwary. Now they are so wary?
I believe one of two things is going on, the latter is what I prefer...
1) there are no ivorybills...none.
2) They DO have conclusive evidence in a video or photo and are withholding it. They don't want to release this kind of evidence until they have a solid conservation plan in place...census study and heavily regulated birding and duck hunting policies in place before hand.
The world will not see this conclusive evidence until they are sure all of the above safeguards are in place. Hence, they gave the world just bits and pieces of small tantalizing inconclusive evidence. That may prove smart if the birds do exist...which I really hope for.
There are decent arguments that can be made against IBWO survival(wrong-headed, I think, but logically decent), but THIS AIN'T one of 'em!
And as for Tanner's estimate of IBWO population in the 30's, it's based on simple math from VERY limited data, limited searching, and limited conclusions, and there's no reason to assume it accurate (one man couldn't even do a good job today searching the entire south, with GOOD roads, GOOD vehicles, and much more LIMITED habitat to explore -- certainly Tanner didn't accomplish that on his own 60+ yrs. ago).
Are they withholding key evidence
until they are sure they can
protect the bird. I can't imagine
The Lab of Ornithology would put their reputation on the line if
they really haven't any conslusive photos yet. they must firmly believe the bird is out there...agree?
I think their seeming certainty over the find is based on the quality/number/credibility of the observers and their reading of the Luneau video.
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