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Long thought extinct, ivory-billed woodpecker rediscovered in Big Woods of Arkansas
Eurekalert ^ | 28-Apr-2005

Posted on 04/28/2005 1:49:28 PM PDT by jb6

Multiple sightings, video footage show bird survives in vast forested areas Click here to view a video news release. BRINKLEY, Ark. - Long believed to be extinct, a magnificent bird - the ivory-billed woodpecker - has been rediscovered in the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas. More than 60 years after the last confirmed sighting of the species in the United States, a research team today announced that at least one male ivory-bill still survives in vast areas of bottomland swamp forest.

Published in the journal Science on its Science Express Web site (April 28, 2005), the findings include multiple sightings of the elusive woodpecker and frame-by-frame analyses of brief video footage. The evidence was gathered during 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 Conservation Partnership, led by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy.

"The bird captured on video is clearly an ivory-billed woodpecker," said John Fitzpatrick, the Science article's lead author, and director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. "Amazingly, America may have another chance to protect the future of this spectacular bird and the awesome forests in which it lives."

"It is a landmark rediscovery," said Scott Simon, director of The Nature Conservancy's Arkansas chapter. "Finding the ivory-bill in Arkansas validates decades of great conservation work and represents an incredible story of hope for the future."

Joining the search team at a press conference in Washington DC, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton announced a Department of the Interior initiative to identify funds for recovery efforts.

Through its cooperative conservation initiative, the Fish and Wildlife Service has a variety of grant and technical aid programs to support wildlife recovery.

"These programs are the heart and soul of the federal government's commitment to cooperative conservation. They are perfectly tailored to recover this magnificent bird," Secretary Norton said. "Across the Nation, these programs preserve millions of acres of habitat, improve riparian habitat along thousands of miles of streams and develop conservation plans for endangered species and their habitat."

The largest woodpecker in North America, the ivory-billed woodpecker is known through lore as a bird of beauty and indomitable spirit. The species vanished after extensive clearing destroyed millions of acres of virgin forest throughout the South between the 1880s and mid-1940s.

Although the majestic bird has been sought for decades, until now there was no firm evidence that it still existed.

The rediscovery has galvanized efforts to save the Big Woods of Arkansas, 550,000 acres of bayous, bottomland forests and oxbow lakes. According to Simon, The Nature Conservancy has conserved 18,000 acres of critical habitat in the Big Woods, at the request of the partnership, since the search began. "It's a very wild and beautiful place," Simon said.

The Search and the Evidence

While kayaking in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 11, 2004, Gene Sparling of Hot Springs, Ark., saw an unusually large, red-crested woodpecker fly toward him and land on a nearby tree. He noticed several field marks suggesting the bird was an ivory-billed woodpecker.

A week later, after learning of the sighting, Tim Gallagher, editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Living Bird magazine, and Bobby Harrison, associate professor at Oakwood College, Huntsville, Ala., interviewed Sparling. They were so convinced by his report that they traveled to Arkansas and then with Sparling to the bayou where he had seen the bird.

On Feb. 27, as Sparling paddled ahead, a large black-and-white woodpecker flew across the bayou less than 70 feet in front of Gallagher and Harrison, who simultaneously cried out: "Ivory-bill!" Minutes later, after the bird had disappeared into the forest, Gallagher and Harrison sat down to sketch independently what each had seen. Their field sketches, included in the Science article, show the characteristic patterns of white and black on the wings of the woodpecker.

"When we finished our notes," Gallagher said, "Bobby sat down on a log, put his face in his hands and began to sob, saying, 'I saw an ivory-bill. I saw an ivory-bill.'" Gallagher said he was too choked with emotion to speak. "Just to think this bird made it into the 21st century gives me chills. It's like a funeral shroud has been pulled back, giving us a glimpse of a living bird, rising Lazarus-like from the grave," he said.

The sightings by Sparling, Gallagher and Harrison led to the formation of a search team, which later became the Big Woods Conservation Partnership. On April 5, 10 and 11, three different searchers sighted an ivory-bill in nearby areas. The views were fleeting, leaving little opportunity to take photographs.

David Luneau, associate professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said he thought the best chance to film the elusive bird would be to have a camcorder on at all times. On April 25, Luneau captured four seconds of video footage showing an ivory-billed woodpecker taking off from the trunk of a tree.

Frame-by-frame analyses show a bird perched on a tupelo trunk, with a distinctive white pattern on its back. During 1.2 seconds of flight, the video reveals 11 wing beats showing extensive white on the trailing edges of the wings and white on the back. Both of these features distinguish the ivory-billed woodpecker from the superficially similar, and much more common, pileated woodpecker.

On three occasions, members of the search team heard series of loud double-raps, possibly the ivory-billed woodpecker's display drumming. On Feb. 14, 2005, Casey Taylor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology heard the drumming for 30 minutes, then watched as an ivory-billed woodpecker, being mobbed by crows, flew into view.

In addition, autonomous recording units detected sounds, among thousands of hours of recordings, which resembled double-raps and possible calls of the ivory-bill - reminiscent of the sound of a tin horn. Researchers say ongoing analyses of the recordings have not yet enabled them to rule out other potential sound sources, such as the calls of blue jays, which are notorious mimics.

In all, during more than 7,000 hours of search time, experienced observers reported at least 15 sightings of the ivory-bill, seven of which were described in the Science article. Because only a single bird was observed at a time, researchers say they don't yet know whether more than one inhabits the area.

So far, the search team has focused its efforts in approximately 16 of the 850 square miles in the bottomland forests of Arkansas. Fitzpatrick of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology said that the next step will be to broaden the search to assess whether breeding pairs exist and how many ivory-bills the region may support. To expand the area being monitored and minimize disturbance to the endangered woodpecker, the team will continue to use acoustic monitoring technologies as well as on-the-ground searching. Fitzpatrick said the team will also encourage others to search for the ivory-bill elsewhere in suitable habitats throughout the South.

Simon of The Nature Conservancy said that over the years, state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, hunters and landowners have aggressively worked to conserve and restore the bottomland hardwood and swamp ecosystem. "Now we know we must work even harder to conserve this critical habitat - not just for the ivory-billed woodpecker, but for the black bears, waterfowl and many other species of these unique woods," he added.

The partnership's 10-year goal is to restore 200,000 more acres of forest in the Big Woods. The effort will include conserving forest habitat, improving river water quality, and restoring the physical structure of the river channels, focusing in locations with maximum benefit in reconnecting forest patches and protecting river health.

"The ivory-bill tells us that we could actually bring this system back to that primeval forest here in the heartland of North America," said Fitzpatrick, who is also a member of The Nature

Conservancy's board of governors. "That's the kind of forest that I hope some generation of Americans and citizens of the world will get to come and visit."

For more information about the search and the efforts to save the ivory-billed woodpecker and the Big Woods, visit www.ivorybill.org.

### The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is a nonprofit membership institution with the mission to interpret and conserve the Earth's biological diversity though research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. From its headquarters at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in Ithaca, N.Y., the Lab leads international efforts in bird monitoring and conservation, and fosters the ability of enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to make a difference.

The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that preserves plants, animals and natural communities representing the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. To date, the Conservancy has been responsible for protecting more than 15 million acres in the United States and more than 102 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Since The Conservancy's Arkansas office opened in 1982, it has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as well as private citizens, corporations, and foundations, to bring into conservation management more than 120,000 acres in the Arkansas delta.

The Big Woods Conservation Partnership includes the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The Nature Conservancy, Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala., Louisiana State University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Birdman Productions, LLC, and Civic Enterprises, LLC.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: america; animalrights; animals; arkansas; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; environment; esa; ivorybill; ornithology; wild; woodpecker
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1 posted on 04/28/2005 1:49:43 PM PDT by jb6
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To: jb6
Would somebody get the Toon out of the bushes.
2 posted on 04/28/2005 1:50:57 PM PDT by dts32041 (Two words that shouldn't be used in the same sentence Grizzly bear and violate.)
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To: jb6

Kewl post :)

Jeff


3 posted on 04/28/2005 1:52:11 PM PDT by MississippyMuddy (No peace, without FREEDOM!!)
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To: jb6
I read awhile back that the Carl Zeiss company in Germany had sponsored an expedition to Louisianna because someone had recorded what sounded like the sound of that same bird.

They never found one and decided it was the sound of a .22 rifle. I now wonder if it might have really been one.

4 posted on 04/28/2005 1:52:56 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: jb6

Oddly enough, North America's biggest peckerwood also hails from Arkansas.


5 posted on 04/28/2005 1:53:09 PM PDT by LexBaird ("Democracy can withstand anything but democrats" --Jubal Harshaw (RA Heinlein))
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To: jb6

Evolution must have decided to just remake them.


6 posted on 04/28/2005 1:53:29 PM PDT by itsahoot (If Judge Greer can run America then I guess just about anyone with a spine could do the same.)
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To: LexBaird
One of Arkansas' two leading peckerwoods:


7 posted on 04/28/2005 1:55:37 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Honoring Saint Jude's assistance every day.)
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To: MississippyMuddy

Cool post to say the least. This is very very exciting. It's also known as the 'Good Lord' bird, the reaction people use to have on seeing it for the first time. That's how impressive it is. Hopefully the habitat can be preserved. I know that doesn't fly well with a lot of republicans, the idea of actually leaving a large swath of territory alone. I'm not against drilling in ANWR, but you know what I mean. (On the other hand, there really isn't a good reason to drill up there either.)


8 posted on 04/28/2005 1:58:15 PM PDT by againstallhope (another berkeley conservative)
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To: jb6

This ought to be good for locking up several hundred thousand square miles of wild lands. /sarcasm.....


9 posted on 04/28/2005 2:00:15 PM PDT by konaice
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To: jb6

I hear they taste just like whooping crane.


10 posted on 04/28/2005 2:04:44 PM PDT by Slump Tester (John Kerry - When even your best still isn't good enough)
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To: konaice

>>This ought to be good for locking up several hundred thousand square miles of wild lands. /sarcasm.....

I was going to say the same thing.

"Quick! Let's stop development on all surrounding private property!"


11 posted on 04/28/2005 2:05:34 PM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: itsahoot

Maybe some passenger pigeons will turn up in there as well.


12 posted on 04/28/2005 2:05:44 PM PDT by LikeLight ("You will regret any attempts to turn these posts into a comic book.")
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To: dts32041

Thanks for the post. We have a similar bird that passes through out woods, the Pileated Woodpecker. Huge attractive bird.


13 posted on 04/28/2005 2:06:36 PM PDT by raisincane (Addicted to FR)
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To: Slump Tester
I hear they taste just like whooping crane.

They're more tender than Bald Eagle, that's for sure.

14 posted on 04/28/2005 2:07:31 PM PDT by cryptical
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To: jb6

Thanks for this great posting. I've seen Pileated Woodpeckers, which I think are pretty similar, but this would be cooler still. Time to start looking for the dodo.


15 posted on 04/28/2005 2:10:33 PM PDT by speedy
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To: jb6
I seen that bird in northern Louisiana hanging with this bird
16 posted on 04/28/2005 2:12:07 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: konaice

LOL, that was my first thought - I hope this bird isn't on private property.

With that said, it's a beautiful bird.


17 posted on 04/28/2005 2:15:12 PM PDT by baseballmom
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To: LexBaird

LOL!!!


18 posted on 04/28/2005 2:16:16 PM PDT by Lekker 1 ("There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be attainable"- Albert Einstein)
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To: jb6
Great news ... the ivory billed woodpecker, if it makes it back from near extinction would be a plus for all Americans. The pilated woodpecker ( a cousin of the ivory billed) is an impressive bird ... however, not nearly as striking as the ivory billed. We had a pilated awhile back who found a hollow tree not far from our home ... it sounded like a jackhammer. Apparently they like hollow trees, not only as a food source, but apparently the god awful racket attracts the opposite sex. Sort of like a teenager cruising down main street in a hotrod without a muffler ... the more noise the better.
19 posted on 04/28/2005 2:21:19 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: BluH2o
Correction ... make that pileatedwoodpecker.
20 posted on 04/28/2005 2:23:14 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: jb6
Here in Connecticut we had long bee afraid that our native Pileated Woodpeckers had disappeared also. But I can happily report that they have returned with vigor. So vigorous in fact that every spring the males have developed an annoying habit of pecking energetically any metal smoke stack that they can reach, like the one on my house for the oil burner, which the builder had failed to to cover. The stack if covered with dents from the mating rap of Woody.

21 posted on 04/28/2005 2:25:40 PM PDT by antonia ("Democracy is the worst type of government, excepting all others." ~ Churchill)
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To: RadioAstronomer; Right Wing Professor; RightWingAtheist
Ornithology ping.
22 posted on 04/28/2005 2:41:36 PM PDT by Physicist
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To: jb6
I saw several during the mid 70s in East Texas, long after they were declarted Extinct.
The same naturalists who thought the Aligator 'endangered' made the declaration.

SO9

23 posted on 04/28/2005 2:49:29 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: jb6

A sapling springs up in the clearing between two enemies, a beech forest and a birch forest. Since I'm making this up as I go along, these talking trees argued vociferously about the parentage: birch or beech?
One day an ivory-billed woodpecker alighted on the little sapling and began pecking. Standing ent-like on tip-roots they asked as one:
"Oh woodpecker (since wp's are experts in all things wood) what is the youngster--a birch or a beech?"
He thought about the question, wiped his beak and replied,
"Gee, I dunno about that, but I'd have to say it's the best piece of ash I've ever had my pecker in." And flew away.


24 posted on 04/28/2005 2:50:25 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: sweetliberty

Thought you might be interested - ping.


25 posted on 04/28/2005 2:56:30 PM PDT by Budge (<>< Sit Nomen Domini benedictum. <><)
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To: BluH2o
I have watched the pileated fly on to a tree and do the rat-a-tat-tat-tat thing, then fly down to the bottom of the tree and work its way up with single pecks as it picks off the insects that were aroused by it's initial sustained pecking.
26 posted on 04/28/2005 3:06:01 PM PDT by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: jb6

"More than 60 years after the last confirmed sighting of the species in the United States, a research team today announced that at least one male ivory-bill still survives in vast areas of bottomland swamp forest."

Uh, contrary to the same sex marriage crowd, at least one female ivory-bill also still survives in vast areas of bottomland swamp forest.


27 posted on 04/28/2005 3:06:13 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: LikeLight

"Maybe some passenger pigeons will turn up in there as well"

If on my property, my two row 12 won't give the passenger pigeons a free pass.


28 posted on 04/28/2005 3:10:34 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: jb6

Wonder what they taste like?


29 posted on 04/28/2005 3:18:55 PM PDT by Waterleak (I pity the fool)
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To: tumblindice

ROTFLOL!! I can hardly move, my ribs hurt, stop, stop!!


30 posted on 04/28/2005 3:47:50 PM PDT by brushcop
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I've seen pileateds many times in SC, always cool to watch

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31 posted on 04/28/2005 4:06:57 PM PDT by wolficatZ ( + ><))))*> + "..wound my heart with a monotonous bunny rabbit...")
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To: Budge

Interested? I reported a possible sighting of one. In fact, there have been several reports of sightings in the White River area, and "Good Lord" is a pretty accurate description of my reaction the first itme I saw it. This thing was the size of a good sized chicken. It could have just been a Pileated Woodpecker. I don't have any binoculars, so I never actually got a good look at the beak. One day it was in a tree out in the front yard for a long time. On 2 other occasions, I saw it on the ground across the narrow dirt road in front of the house. It stayed for a long time, hammering away at an old stump. I haven't seen it in several weeks.


32 posted on 04/28/2005 4:28:42 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference.)
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To: jb6

"The pussycat swallow tail"

-Remember the Gilligans Island with the bird watcher searching for this thought-to-be-extinct breed?

LOL


33 posted on 04/28/2005 4:51:24 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (America is gradually becoming the Godless,out-of-control golden-calf scene,in "The Ten Commandments")
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To: sweetliberty

Must have been a noisy guy. The size of a chicken?....wow!


34 posted on 04/28/2005 4:57:21 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: jb6

I doubt that it's real. Probably a man in a feather suit.


35 posted on 04/28/2005 5:00:47 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Life is like a cow pasture, it's hard to get through without stepping in some mess.)
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To: sweetliberty
Pileated and the ivory billed woodpecker are similar in appearance ... the ivory billed is much more dramatic in color. Next to each other it would be easy to differentiate the species ... however, to the untrained eye the pileated can easily be mistaken for the ivory billed. Thus several responses to the initial post in this thread that state they have observed the ivory billed woodpecker.
36 posted on 04/28/2005 5:01:58 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: TheLion

Yep, he was noisy. Didn't have much patience with squirrels either. If they got too close, he'd flap his wings like a goose or swan does, and run them off. Funny-looking thing. I liked having him around, but I worried with him hanging out so close to the road, in full view of some of the village idiots and juvenile delinquents. There's a lot of woods around here, so I'm assuming he's still about somewhere.


37 posted on 04/28/2005 5:02:58 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference.)
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To: BluH2o

I don't know. I had never seen either until this spring. I know that a group had been on a trip here looking for them because there were several reports of sightings here this spring, right around the time this bird was visiting. None of the sightings were confirmed at that time. Doesn't mean they didn't happen. There was an article in the local paper about it. I am not surprised that one has turned up in Arkansas.


38 posted on 04/28/2005 5:07:59 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference.)
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To: sweetliberty

39 posted on 04/28/2005 5:08:33 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: struggle

This is great news.
We should save the area. There is no oil there, and a lot of swamp. We have all the wood we need from other regions.

I AM for drilling in ANWAR; there is oil there, for one thing, and oil-drilling in places like that causes very little disturbance.

There is another reason for conservation here. Large areas of Arkansas should arbitraily be set aside by decree as payback for what Clinton did in Utah and Arizona in his last days in office. In fact, maybe his haunts in Arkansas could be set aside for the Ivory-bill.


40 posted on 04/28/2005 5:14:34 PM PDT by docbnj
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To: jb6

What's the bag limit for the ivory-billed woodpecker?


41 posted on 04/28/2005 5:16:00 PM PDT by Go Gordon (I love to snatch kisses..............and vice versa)
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To: yarddog

At that time Ziess ran an advertisement in Outdoor Photographer magazine and others about that. I've read that ornithologists believe that remote parts of Cuba may have some Ivory-billed woodpeckers.


42 posted on 04/28/2005 5:29:12 PM PDT by rdl6989 (If it drives the left into fits, its a good thing.)
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To: sweetliberty
"Good Lord!"

Sounds like you need some decent binoculars!

43 posted on 04/28/2005 5:35:42 PM PDT by Budge (<>< Sit Nomen Domini benedictum. <><)
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To: Budge
"Sounds like you need some decent binoculars!"

Yep. I have an awesome variety of birds in my yard now, the latest include a sighting of a Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grossbeaks (at least 4 regulars now), a Bluebird who has become a regular at the birdbath, several Mockingbirds, Brown Thrashers (early in the mornings after it rains, usually), Hummers and just yesterday I saw several of what I have since learned are Kildeer (thanks to the bird thread), although those weren't in my yard. I am studying on enticements though.

44 posted on 04/28/2005 9:32:44 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference.)
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To: jb6

ObPrincessBride: Well, there's a big difference between "mostly extinct" and "wholly extinct".


45 posted on 04/29/2005 1:08:57 AM PDT by MirrorField (Just an opinion from atheist, minarchist and small-l libertarian.)
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To: itsahoot

Yes evolution can do anything. Does someone have a sketch of the suspected ivory-bill woodpecker/human evolutionary link?


46 posted on 04/29/2005 8:01:19 AM PDT by HankReardon
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Discovery vindicates politician who used the bird to save a swamp

WASHINGTON - The ivory-billed woodpecker lives!

So maybe the tall tale that saved tens of thousands of acres of Carolina swamp from the timber barons wasn't so tall after all. Maybe Alex Sanders - credited with the boldest ruse in modern South Carolina political history - didn't make it all up.

Sanders, 66, now teaches political science in South Carolina after a long career as a circus performer, college president, chief justice of the South Carolina appeals court and Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.

But in 1971, Sanders was a maverick state legislator, desperate to stop the clear-cutting of 10,000 acres of the Santee Swamp, a pristine, wildlife-filled expanse about an hour northwest of Charleston.

The ivory-billed woodpecker, declared extinct decades before, would help him.

Sanders called a local television reporter and the South Atlantic regional director of the Audubon Society, who happened to have a recording of the defunct bird. He put them both in a boat and floated into the swamp, to play the call of the ivory-billed woodpecker into the mist.

The ivory-billed woodpecker called back.

Or at least that's what they said.

Sanders' story spread around the nation. Life magazine sent a team in search of the bird. An environmental movement ignited. The legislature banned logging in the Santee swamp. Congress later appropriated $50 million for the creation of the Congaree Swamp National Monument - South Carolina's first national park.

But was the bird there?

No one is quite sure. For years afterward, when asked whether the woodpecker really called back, Sanders would say: "He was there when we needed him."

Today, the ivory-billed woodpecker really is in Arkansas. There are pictures, video and many expert witnesses. The Department of the Interior announced Thursday a "multiyear, multimillion-dollar partnership effort to aid the rare bird's survival."

"It was no news to me," Sanders said from his Charleston office Thursday. " I knew it wasn't extinct all along."

Sanders - known as " Judge Sanders " in South Carolina - says this in his matter-of-fact drawl, as if the nation's top ornithologists and the secretary of the Interior are merely late to the woodpecker party.

But then - irrepressible storyteller that he is - Sanders reveals that he had a backup strategy in 1971, just in case the woodpecker plan didn't work.

"We were going to discover a train wreck in the swamp that took place during the Civil War," he said. "It was derailed taking munitions to the Confederate Army, which was trying to stave off the invasion by General Sherman."

Is that so, Judge Sanders ?

"We had the cannonballs all ready," he assured. "But we never needed them."

47 posted on 04/29/2005 4:41:50 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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Discovery vindicates politician who used the bird to save a swamp

WASHINGTON - The ivory-billed woodpecker lives! (While God's Image is killed daily)

But in 1971, Sanders was a maverick state legislator, desperate to stop the clear-cutting of 10,000 acres of the Santee Swamp, a pristine, wildlife-filled expanse about an hour northwest of Charleston.

The ivory-billed woodpecker, declared extinct decades before, would help him.

I wonder if this "precious" bird can live behind the Big K at K-Mart as the so-called "endangered"  Spotted Owl?

In 1973 two things happened:

1. The Endangered Species Act was enacted where animals, trees and scum in rain puddles became protected under law.

2. Roe vs. Wade where 9 mortals, allowed it to be made possible for Humanity to slaughter, burn, aspirate and sever Human Babies, created in God's image and likeness. Since then, humanity, and the USA,  spiraled in a downward trend.

Touch a turtle egg or its nest, Canadian goose or a spotted OWL and get a yr. in jail and a $50K fine, and don't cut down certain trees or fill in that puddle! abort a child, get paid $750.00. And we wonder why there is NO respect for HUMAN life created in God's image.

This is why we need to inculcate a culture of life in our society in general and in churches and schools (starting in kindergarten) . People tend to think of children as disposable items.

A pro-life education Program

It's a grievous sin that animals and turtle eggs are afforded more protections and rights than a human fetus and baby created in God's Image with a soul.

Genesis 9:3
Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat; I give them all to you as I did the green plants.

Man:
Kill the humans (abortion) and save the Bears, the spotted owls, the Canadian Geese and the whales and don't crack that turtle egg!!

You can get fined up to $10,000 for messing with those eggs and baby-killing physicians get paid government and private money $$$ to kill humans! Go figure.

The Endangered Species Act of 1973

The Endangered Species Act of 1973
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT OF 1973
Penalties and Enforcement

The number of species listed (plants and animals, NOT humans) as threatened or endangered
Species Information
Threatened and Endangered Animals and Plants

10 FALLACIES IN THE ABORTION DEBATE 
The Endangered Species Program

Page 4 Sec 3 (c)(8) don't crack those eggs, one might end the "life" of a bird, fish or turtle. I guess certain "mammals" (humans) do not apply.

Science and the ESA

The Govt. recognizes that a fertilized egg from an animal is "alive" and protected by LAW (The Endangered Species Act of 1973) and when an "alive" person created in God's image is growing and living in his mother, he's termed and given the moniker of just a blob of "unlive" protoplasm or tissue which can be aspirated if it's the mother's "choice" to do so with no protections under the 5th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution.

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for EVERY careless word they have spoken."--Jesus (Matt. 12:36)

In Florida, women dying in bed have less rights than turtle eggs! (FL Law 370, US ESA of 1973)

turtle sign 


roevwade.jpg

Naturalism

Quanta Cura
CONDEMNING CURRENT ERRORS

THE SYLLABUS OF ERRORS CONDEMNED BY PIUS IX
I. PANTHEISM, NATURALISM AND ABSOLUTE RATIONALISM

William Jasper, author of "A New World Religion" describes the religion of the UN: "...a weird and diabolical convergence of New Age mysticism, pantheism, aboriginal animism atheism, communism, socialism, Luciferian occultism, apostate Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism".

48 posted on 04/29/2005 4:47:51 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: sweetliberty

There's a bird thread on Free Republic? Where?


49 posted on 04/30/2005 8:40:10 AM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: docbnj
There is another reason for conservation here. Large areas of Arkansas should arbitraily be set aside by decree as payback for what Clinton did in Utah and Arizona in his last days in office. In fact, maybe his haunts in Arkansas could be set aside for the Ivory-bill.

A better plan is to create a compromise. We'll set aside the swamps in Arkansas in exchange for permits to drill in ANWR and repeal of Clinton's executive order parks in Utah and Arizona. I love southern Utah as much as anyone does, but the clean coal that we could mine there would do more for both our economy and our ecology than preventing its mining does for the outdoor recreation value of Utah.

Bill

50 posted on 04/30/2005 8:47:00 AM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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