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Sunday, September 14, 2008


-- Hoping I'm Wrong --


This coming week a further short-term search of prime habitat in South Carolina gets underway. Over the past two years various key Ivory-bill researchers have pointed to S.C. as having the best, oldest, largest stretch of habitat (primarily the Congaree, but other areas as well) suitable for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers anywhere in the United States. Several signs/sounds of possible IBWOs have been reported in the state (more than publicly disclosed), and of course S.C. was one of the last bastions where Tanner himself believed the species held on 60 years ago.
Having said all that, and for a different set of reasons, I've never personally held out great hope of Ivory-bills being documented in S.C., or at least not ahead of other states. Of course, I'd be thrilled to be wrong. GOOD LUCK to all involved.

For further inspiration, this recent story of the elusive Okapi (ehhh, not exactly a tiny creature) finally being caught on film in the wild for the first time in 50 years:


Don't forget for goodness' sakes though, that there are even Okapi in Disneyland.

The fact that they haven't been photographed in the wild for 50 years is perhaps more down to the fact that pretty much no-one has tried, what with the DRC being a VERY dangerous place and not exactly at the top of the 'to do' list, even for the most serious and hardcore naturalist.

I know those redneck-infested areas of the south are pretty hostile to nice white liberal folks with cameras but DRC is a whole different ball-game

be seeing you

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