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Thread subject: Amazing Discovery
Name Date Message
DaveS 04/29/05 07:10 pm Hello all Birders! This is a truly fascinating story of discovery. A male Ivory-billed Woodpecker has been confirmed alive and well in Arkansas. The species was thought to be extinct after the last known bird passed in 1944, but there have been recent sightings. Here is a Newsday article on the discovery.

http://www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-hsbird0429,0,7143289.story
Shelley 04/29/05 07:42 pm Hi Dave. I posted about this when I first heard it yesterday. My post is #2393 and is already on page 2 of this board.

It sure is amazing news. I just hope that there is, in fact, more than one so that perhaps there will be a decent chance that the species will come back
Cecilia 04/29/05 08:25 pm It's such wonderful news. Now how do they keep well meaning but over aggressive birders from converging on this bird? (and, hopefully, his mate) I can just imagine the hordes of nature photographers and "life listers" who will want to make the trek deep into the woods to "get" this bird. Any chance Arkansas might legislate some protections and or make the area accessible by special permission only?
Shelley 04/29/05 09:10 pm I am copying here a post from my other board I go to. This gal explains that the location where the bird was sighted is not exactly easy to access. Hopefully, that will deter any maniac birders and also, will serve to further protect it and allow it to flourish.
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" http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/1114103/DC1

If you go to this page and click on download supplement there are some pics taken and a huge article about it and what they are doing.

Apparently the Nature Conservancy has been purchasing large amounts of land where the bird has been sighted. I'm not surprised that something could go unnoticed for years in those black water bayous and cypress swamps. How many people really venture that far back into them?

In accordance with the article the IBWP is extremely shy, disappearing at the slightest hint of humans.

I'd like to think that if Cornell has its name attached to this that its really for real. I don't think that they would go public with this without unsubstantiated proof.

Gives one hope doesn't it? "

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I also clicked on the part in that link that said *movie S1* to see the (rather blurry) short video clip of it.
Marie 04/30/05 04:05 am Yes I had heard about this too...I subscribe to National Geographic news letter and they had the info posted real quick. These stories are truly amazing. Just goes to show we don't really know all that goes on deep in the forests/jungles etc. As you said Shelley and Cecelia lets hope there will be some protection for the birds 24/7.
Celeste 04/30/05 05:36 am There was a beautiful artist's rendition of the bird in Newsday yesterday. I was amazed to discover that the bird has a wingspan of 3 feet and 20 inches long....(I don't know how to convert--sorry Canada and England).....It's comforting to know that there are some areas in the US that seem to be "pristine" and not easily accessible.
Cecilia 04/30/05 08:52 am It's pretty astounding to see that abstract and all the specialized photographic manipulations, interpretations etc. It looks like some truly serious investigation has been going on for some time. And yes, it doesn't look easily accessible, although a creek and a million biting, stinging insects won't stop some of the birders I know :-) I just hope the Nature Conservancy will!
Sarah Brown 04/30/05 03:02 pm "3 feet" and "20 inches" is fine by me :) I know exactly what you mean then...better than centimetres!

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