"....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
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
-- Happy Aprilversary --
April is happy anniversary month for several of the key Big Woods Ivory-bill sightings from 2 years ago. Today was the 2-year anniversary of Jim Fitzpatrick's (brother of the Cornell Director) sighting; April 10 will mark 2 years since Melinda LaBranche's report of an IBWO in flight, which was followed one day later by Melanie Driscoll's sighting. And finally, it was on April 25 that David Zapruder, er... uhh, I mean, Luneau captured the 4-second clip that would change his life.
BTW, here are a few of the other famous April happenings from Ivory-bill history:
April 1924: Arthur Allen locates/photographs a pair of Ivory-bills in central Florida.
April, 1932: Mason Spencer shoots an Ivory-bill in the Singer Tract and delivers it to a game warden to prove that the species which ornithologists believed was long extinct (but La. backwoodsmen knew full-well wasn't) was still around.
April, 1944: Donald Eckelberry views and sketches an Ivory-bill at the Singer Tract which some come to accept as the last confirmed sighting of the species in the U.S.
April, 1955: author and past Audubon President John Terres reports having seen 2 Ivory-bills fly over a highway near Homosassa Springs, Fla.
April, 1956: in the press, an Ivory-bill is reportedly shot in North Carolina though no evidence comes forth to support the claim.
April, 1966: an Ivory-bill is reported in the Neches River swamp area of east Texas.
April, 1967: the first of several sightings of Ivory-bills over a couple of years by H.N. Agey and and George Heinzmann in Polk County, Fla.
April, 1985: Dennis Garratt reports an Ivory-bill in Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Fla.
April, 1999: David Kulivan reports 2 Ivory-bills in the Pearl River refuge of southeast La.
I was stunned by this sighting info., that you posted.
April, 1985: Dennis Garratt reports an Ivory-bill in Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Fla
A very good friend of mine had a sighting in Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Fla in April OF LAST YEAR. He was not aware the bird was an Ivorybill, but he knew it was definitely not a Pileated. What he described fit an Ivorybill exactly. His sighting is currently being checked out by a contact, so I will not release more details here. I wonder if that area could be a possible travel corridor?
I likely shouldn't have even included the NC shot-Ivory-bill report since it has no credible backing, but since it happened in April I threw it into the mix. It is mentioned in Jackson's book (pg. 231) and I'm not sure I've ever seen it reported elsewhere. Jackson writes that the claim first appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer (Apr. 11, 1956) and was reprinted in Audubon Magazine (vol. 58, no.4)but with no followup. I assume he would've found it if there were any other significant news archives with info but you're welcome to try.
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