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Friday, September 11, 2009

 

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More Tennessee moments from Bill P. up at his blog now. Nothing much new except some video of the area, as he ends his 2008 search season (ensuing posts I assume will deal with 2009).

...And let's see, summer officially ends in less than 2 weeks... anyone wanna bet if Cornell "a-summary-will-be-posted-over-the-summer" Laboratory of Ornithology will have anything to report on the IBWO search in that amount of time (...not me, maybe November).
I'm personally more interested in hearing what Jerry Jackson's take on things is at this point (highly pessimistic, no doubt), but don't know if we'll get a separate perspective from him or not.
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I would also like to get Jerry Jackson's take (probably "cautious"), but until then here's mine:

The bird is out there and its population is increasing. There have been a number of sightings by reasonable people, and the acoustic evidence is very compelling. It's a very nomadic and wary bird. Its habitat continues to improve and it's not being persecuted. It's trying hard to do what living things do: reproduce.

I give it an 80% chance for permanent comeback, even without our help.
 
My own sense is that Jackson is well past "cautious" by now, to the point of being highly doubtful the species persists.
He certainly still wants any truly credible or detailed sightings followed up on, but I don't know that he feels the evidence thus far compiled compels further effort in any particular locales (maybe he will speak for himself on this point).

Otherwise, in terms of numbers, habitat improvement, comeback chances, you're waaay more optimistic than I am...
 
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