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-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)

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-- Hamlet

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

 

-- Whimper...? --

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"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper. " -- T.S. Eliot

Visits to the blog are dialing back down to the hard-core readers. A quickie check of the last 100+ hits by geographic site (by state) shows New Yorkers leading the list, double any other state; Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Ohio, and North Carolina are in the next tier, followed by Arkansas, Alabama and California, all lower than they used to be. Oh, and the British continue their interest in the topic as well. No hits at all from almost half the states.

Checking the USFWS Ivory-bill website this may say a bunch: their "official press releases" on the IBWO went from 10 in 2005, to 3 in 2006, to 1 in 2007, to zero in 2008 and thus far for 2009.

Every summer I imagine things will be slow on the IBWO front, only to find more to report than anticipated... but guessin'/hopin' this summer may actually offer a long pause. No telling when, or if, any search plans for next winter (however limited) will be unveiled, or for that matter, when summaries of this season will be released. But looking forward to spending more time on other projects/blogs... and maybe even fit in some birding for a change!

Meanwhile, the question lingers: Will the search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker end in a bang or a whimper? And when??....
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