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Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Rediscovered in Arkansas
NPR ^ | 5/28/05 | NPR

Posted on 04/28/2005 7:15:51 AM PDT by Right Wing Professor

Morning Edition, April 28, 2005 · A group of wildlife scientists believe the ivory-billed woodpecker is not extinct. They say they have made seven firm sightings of the bird in central Arkansas. The landmark find caps a search that began more than 60 years ago, after biologists said North America’s largest woodpecker had become extinct in the United States.

The large, showy bird is an American legend -- it disappeared when the big bottomland forests of North America were logged, and relentless searches have produced only false alarms. Now, in an intensive year-long search in the Cache River and White River national wildlife refuges involving more than 50 experts and field biologists working together as part of the Big Woods Partnership, an ivory-billed male has been captured on video.

"We have solid evidence, there are solid sightings, this bird is here," says Tim Barksdale, a wildlife photographer and biologist.

For an NPR/National Geographic Radio Expeditions story, NPR science correspondent Christopher Joyce joined the search last January along Arkansas’ White River, where a kayaker spotted what he believed to be an ivory-billed woodpecker more than a year ago. Many other similar sightings over the last 60 years have raised false hopes.

But this time, Joyce reports that experts associated with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in New York and The Nature Conservancy were able to confirm the sighting. They kept the find a secret for more than a year, partly to give conservation groups and government agencies time to protect the bird’s habitat.

The Nature Conservancy has been buying and protecting land along the White and Cache Rivers for years, along with the state and the federal Fish and Wildlife Service. Since the discovery, they've bought more land to protect the bird.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: 1howmuchwood; 2wouldawoodpeckpeck; 3ifawoodpeck; 4couldpeckwood; ornithology; tasteslikechicken
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I'm only 80% convinced, but if it's true, it's the biggest news in American wildlife biology in 50 years.

Supposedly there's an article being released on Science online some time later today.

1 posted on 04/28/2005 7:15:53 AM PDT by Right Wing Professor
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To: Right Wing Professor

bump (wow)


2 posted on 04/28/2005 7:16:59 AM PDT by cogitator
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To: Right Wing Professor

3 posted on 04/28/2005 7:17:34 AM PDT by dfwgator (Minutemen: Just doing the jobs that American politicians won't do.)
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To: Right Wing Professor

That is indeed huge news, if true. BUMP.

I will have to send this to my dad.


4 posted on 04/28/2005 7:17:52 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Right Wing Professor

If they're looking for another "pecker" from Arkansas...we've got one in New York.


5 posted on 04/28/2005 7:18:47 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Right Wing Professor
By the time the environmentalist wackos are finished restricting private property rights in Arkansas because of this discovery, the people there will wish the bird really was extinct.
6 posted on 04/28/2005 7:20:33 AM PDT by The_Victor (Doh!... stupid tagline)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Two. I am not convinced Hitlery is a woman.


7 posted on 04/28/2005 7:21:12 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Right Wing Professor

Finally I can use Great-Grandad's old recipe.


8 posted on 04/28/2005 7:23:16 AM PDT by Bogey78O (*tagline removed per request*)
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To: dfwgator
Arkansas is where Snuffy Smith lives.
 
 
Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

9 posted on 04/28/2005 7:25:16 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: sweetliberty

woodpecker ping


10 posted on 04/28/2005 7:25:35 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Blogs have a strangle hold on the MSM. The MSM is kicking out the windshield.)
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To: Right Wing Professor; SavageRepublican

ping


11 posted on 04/28/2005 7:25:36 AM PDT by rface ("...the most schizoid freeper I've ever seen" - New Bloomfield, Missouri)
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If there is a place where these birds could survive it would have to be someplace like the Cache River area. The Cache River Refuge contains a variety of wetland communities including some of the most intact and least disturbed bottomland hardwood forest in the Mississippi Valley region. A vast place of primeval beauty.


12 posted on 04/28/2005 7:26:05 AM PDT by Lee Heggy (Sorry, I don't do Windows.)
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No, that's just a very big pileated woodpecker.

(Birder joke)

13 posted on 04/28/2005 7:26:39 AM PDT by Right Wing Professor
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To: Right Wing Professor

I doubt that there's a hidden flock of passenger pigeons somewhere though.


14 posted on 04/28/2005 7:27:34 AM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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However, I can tell you that for miles around the property values will plunge because the ivory billed woodpecker MIGHT come on your property therefore you won't be allowed to so much as clear underbrush, much less build a house.


15 posted on 04/28/2005 7:27:49 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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I can't wait to see the video. But, OTOH, it's just another "peckerhead" story from Arkansas. [ducking]


16 posted on 04/28/2005 7:28:21 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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If there is a place where these birds could survive it would have to be someplace like the Cache River area. The Cache River Refuge contains a variety of wetland communities including some of the most intact and least disturbed bottomland hardwood forest in the Mississippi Valley region. A vast place of primeval beauty.

Makes sense, and it's not one of the places that people have done really intensive searches in the past. Last major search I heard of was at Pearl River in Mississippi/Louisiana.

The big question will be, how many of them are there.

17 posted on 04/28/2005 7:28:49 AM PDT by Right Wing Professor
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To: Right Wing Professor

The anti-private property front now has a Woody for a poster boy....


18 posted on 04/28/2005 7:28:58 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: Right Wing Professor

Where's my shotgun? If it flies, it dies.


19 posted on 04/28/2005 7:29:23 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, who's bringing the chips?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
However, I can tell you that for miles around the property values will plunge because the ivory billed woodpecker MIGHT come on your property therefore you won't be allowed to so much as clear underbrush, much less build a house.

True. They could use this to shut down much of the South. It's a big bird and needs a big range. If you though spotted owls were bad, this sucker's way more photogenic and romantic.

20 posted on 04/28/2005 7:30:53 AM PDT by Right Wing Professor
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