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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)

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-- 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, February 19, 2008


-- No News Is... No News --


Nothing much new Ivorybill-wise to report. By now I expect that helicopter searches of Arkansas' Big Woods are concluded, with little of significance to pass along (just my surmise). Nor anything recent from Cornell's Mobile Search team (...but they usually post right after I say there's nothing new from them :-)

From notes I've read or received, the Texas Partners In Flight meeting demonstrated further support to complete ongoing search efforts for the IBWO. Despite some skeptics' implications that no reputable birders/scientists remain who believe in the species' existence, actually several acknowledge that likelihood, and far more remain in the agnostic camp of it yet being an unsettled question.

I'll sign off with another quote from Jonathan Rosen's work:
"The urge to kill and the urge to conserve live side by side, they are our heritage, and the ivory-bill somehow carries our double burden on its black-and-white back. But so does birdwatching itself. My forays into Central Park are, as much as my trip to a Louisiana swamp to look for a possibly vanished bird, part of a larger journey the country itself has been making since its earliest days with increasing urgency. All this no doubt sounds grandiose, but then, birding isn't trainspotting."


I just wanted to stop in and let you know that there is a pretty good discussion going on about the IBWO status at https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=4768508401943722966&postID=3141229409917484861&page=1

You posted a comment and I'm not sure if you're tracking this thread.
still extinct then?

keep on keepin on
"birding isn't trainspotting"

True. Most trains spotted actually exist.
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