Sunday, July 17, 2005

Ivory-billed Woodpecker Questions...

I have been fascinated by the "re-discovery" of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and have been reading everything I can about that species, and the recent search in Arkansas.

But I do have some questions...

1) Has the search team found a nest cavity? If they have, would they tell anyone?

2)Have any birders gone to search for this bird in Arkansas? I have only found a handful of people who have been willing to say that they have looked for the bird.

3) Have there been any additional sightings, by the search team or by any independent birders, since the April announcement?

4) Why are people spreading rumors that there are doubts about the identity of the bird that has been spotted in Arkansas? Are there any serious birders or professional ornithologists who have (or will) question the identification of "Elvis"? And why was Jerome A. Jackson, arguably the world's foremost expert on the Ivory-bill, not involved in the search or recovery team? Has he made any public comments since the species was re-discovered?

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