"....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.”
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Thursday, December 16, 2010
-- Auburn Back Up --
The Auburn Choctawhatchee search pages are back up now here:
[...someone a few posts back was asking where details of Tyler Hicks' sightings could be found; they are included here:
I have retrospectively studied the Auburn U search as I did the Cornell/Big Woods search. Having read about other hot spots of sightings in the past few decades there is a pattern emerging. The birds are present for two or three years...and then they are gone.
Could this movement be due to pressure from the searchers? Just a natural following of food supplies? Putting aside questions about the validity of any of these clusters of sightings...it would be extremely interesting to figure out this part of the puzzle. Where do these birds migrate when they leave an area...any why?
It is worth noting that forestry has, for 100 years or so, done its best to keep forests “healthy.” Unfortunately, healthy trees are not what ivory-bills and many other species need. Thinning may help small gap-loving birds and other animals, but it does little for large woodpeckers. Only time is going to solve some of these problems. Cypress can live 500-2000 years. I see areas that were cut 100 years ago. They have some pretty large cypresses. But the cypress mortality is negligible. These places will need centuries to produce good densities of large snags. And then there is disturbance. A fire occurred in the Singer Tract in the 1920’s, and of course there was the great flood of 1927. Both of these are far more controlled in today’s landscape. Is morticulture the answer? I think it’s worth some experimentation, but my suspicion is that in today’s forests, the limitation is often more a matter of optimal nesting sites than forage.
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