Thursday, October 05, 2006

Birders search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Florida

For those of you who are continually whining "Why aren't Fla. birders talking about and searching for the IBWO in the Panhandle?" here is a link to a nice trip report by well-known Florida birder Larry Manfredi:

Stop your whining and start searching

2 comments:

birdGeek said...

Great article! Got the impression that the area hadn't been birded much since the days of James Audubon. Wonder if there is any data from past Christmas Counts or Breeding Bird Surveys?

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

Good question. There is a fairly active bird club/Audubon Society in the area.

There was once a CBC:
Choctawhatchee Bay, FL 3027n 08631w[77-80,83-98] Looks like it is currently still active, the participation stats from last year are pasted below. Not sure if any other circle would be closer. There is a Port St. Joe CBC as well, stats also posted below.

Weather & Effort

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Count Date: Dec 19, 2005

Number of Participants: 31

Number of Party Hours: 99.0
Species Reported: 143
Low Temperature: 44

High Temperature: 57

AM Weather: Clear
Rain: None
Snow: None
PM Weather: Clear
Rain: None
Snow: None

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Participants:
Sponsor:
Compiler: Donald Ware
Secondary Compiler(s):
Participants: Gary Baker
Pat Baker
Peggy Baker
Pam Beasley
Bill Bremser
Beverly Christensen
Betsy Clark
Bob Duncan
Lucy Duncan
Jan Fabozzi
Ann Forster
Dan Forster
Maryann Friedman
Lois Gillman
Carol Goodyear
Phil Goodyear
Rick Hastings
Joanne Herron
Alan Knothe
Jim Kowalski
Bob Penhollow
Thelma Phillips
Bob Reid
Merilu Rose
Rufus Rose
Charlie Saleeby
Virginia Spisac
Selina Tomolonen
Carol Ware
Donald Ware
Larry Wright


Weather & Effort for Point St. Joe

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Count Date: Dec 28, 2005

Number of Participants: 14

Number of Party Hours: 66.25
Species Reported: 125
Low Temperature: 49

High Temperature: 73

AM Weather: Cloudy
Rain: Light
Snow: None
PM Weather: Cloudy
Rain: Light
Snow: None

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Participants:
Sponsor:
Compiler: Robert K. Henderson
Secondary Compiler(s):
Participants: Marvin Collins
Jack Dozier
Michael Evans
Robert Henderson
Alan Knothe
Karey Lehnert
Thom Lewis
Karen MacClendon
Travis MacClendon
John Murphy
Barb Stedman
Donna Wells
Rick West
Ed Woodruff