Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Message from Tyler Hicks

Here is a nice message from Tyler Hicks to all birders and BINAC readers:

I encourage all birders, skeptics and true believers, to visit the Choctawhatchee River. You can find recommended sites on the Auburn IBWO website. There is a lot of good information on the website on some guidelines that we respectfully ask birders to follow such as refraining from the use of playback or tapes. In addition there is some good information on their concerning your safety.
When the Choc is running high it has a powerful current even deep in the swamps and it is very easy to get disoriented in a flooded forest. Most of all I think it is worth a visit simply because the forests there are so beautiful. In certain areas especially in the Dead River & Tilley landing vicinity the forests are as inspiring as the great forests of the Pacific Northwest.
A great time to visit is in April as the forest lights up in an almost neon green. The numerous Prothonotary Warblers will be blasting their songs and Swallow-tailed Kites will be swooping over the ancient cypress. I think it is important to remember that no matter how amazing Ivory-bills are, they are just one part of this fascinating eco-system. There is so much life in these primeval forests and I think it is an eco-system that few birders get to experience or even know exists. These forests can be found throughout the South from the Carolinas to Texas. So bust out your paddles or waders this spring or just stop by and take a look.
Have a great fall migration everyone.
OK, we still cannot understand why no one can get a picture of an IBWO if they still exist. That bothers us big-time. But it's clear that the Auburn group is not a bunch of flakes or weirdos or zealots who are obsessed by conspiracy theories and bird-whisperers. They're legit birders who have taken careful notes and have put their evidence out there for all of us to analyze and criticize. They have done what so many people have asked Cornell to do. They clearly learned from some of the mistakes that Cornell made, and their openness and honesty is refreshing. Geoff Hill even seems to have a decent sense of humor about the whole situation.
Will that amount to a Hill of beans in 2-3 years if no photos are obtained in the meantime? Who knows. It is doubtful that this new evidence will change the minds of any hard-core skeptics. But there are a few people that have changed their position already, and there is still hope...and that hope can still be fully realized as long as somewhere out there there might, just might, be an IBWO that is waiting to be photographed for the cover of a magazine...


Anonymous said...

Give it up, Axolotyl, you paedomorphic twit. No one really cares what you have to say about ivorybills.

Birding is NOT a crime!!!! said...

Uh, kind of an odd comment coming from someone who is reading our post about ivorybills.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Ivory Bill. And he exists in the minds and blogs of BINAC.

Very sweet, I enjoy your posts tremendously. I'll read them to my kids at bedtime.

Now back to trashing Auburn.

Anonymous said...

BTW, perhaps Birding IS a crime as practiced by the CLO and Auburn.

Birding is NOT a crime!!!! said...

Yeah, that might have been a bit too "sugary."

But hey, we had to balance out the vulgarity.

birdchick said...

BINAC, I care, lord help me, but I care.

Anonymous said...

BINAC where are you? We need your good sense to help us here. Not your 2 cents, just your best guess about what is going on in this mess.

We're talking IBWO, of course. You are the oracle of all sk8t boarders turned birders.

What say you? Old wise one?

Birding is NOT a crime!!!! said...

Thanks Sharon, but I think there is counseling you can get for that "caring" thing.

And as far as this is concerned:

"You are the oracle of all sk8t boarders turned birders."

...that's a subset of birders that we've never thought of before!

What do I think is really going on here? Well, to be completely honest, I have no freakin' idea. This whole thing is a mess. IBWOs are either everywhere or nowhere, and right now, I'm not really sure which.

Maybe I'll have a few more thoughts after I get back from Florida on Sunday night...

Bill Pulliam said...

I sure hope I can take Tyler up on his invitation. I was looking at Terraserver last night, and there are lots of tasty-looking forests along a large stretch of that river! Yummm...

Might be helpful for somene to look up the duck, turkey, and deer hunting seasons for the area and post the info. I tried searching online but didn't find a good spot for one-stop shopping.