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IVORY-BILLS  LiVE???!  ...

=> THE blog devoted to news and commentary on the most iconic bird in American ornithology, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (IBWO)... and... sometimes other schtuff.

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"....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.”

-- Hamlet

"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

-- Arthur Schopenhauer

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


-- April Sound Detections --

New update from Auburn's Dr. Hill here reporting additional sound detections (double-knocks, kent calls) from April that as he says, have "re-energized the troops."
(BTW, this past weekend I finally saw Dr. Hill's book, "Ivorybill Hunters," at a bigbox bookstore, so if any of you were still waiting for it to appear in your local areas, might be time to check again.)

....and in the just-for-fun-dept.:

Stumbled upon this old limerick : - ) on the Limerick Savant's
blogsite from back when the original Cornell announcement was made:
"Extinction is Nature's home wrecker
But thanks to an Arkansas trekker
We could save "ivory-bills,"
And no little blue pills
Are needed to bring back this pecker."
...and here an old post from a physics professor with his take on the Ivory-bill saga.


Hey, thanks for the mention and the link! After seeing that two year-old limerick on your site, I was inspired to rewrite the last line, which I always found a little clunky.

But you'll have to visit my site again to see it. ;-)

Nice blog, BTW.
I'm bothered by Dr. Hill's comments about the double knocks. As I understand it, double-knocks are being accepted or discarded as possible IBWO based upon the spacing of the knocks and comparison to other Campephilus woodpeckers. This sounds rather arbitrary. It seems to me there are two likely possibilities here: they are all IBWO, and the spacing is more variable than commonly believed, or none of them are IBWO, simply being variably spaced knocks from some other source.
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