Thursday, April 28, 2005

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

It has long thought to be extinct since it's lowland habitat was destroyed by clear-cut logging in the early 1900's. Now it has definitely been sighted ... there may be the huge population of 10 individuals in Arkansas.

Naturally, the exact location is secret. But it is in the bottoms of the White River.

I have seen Piliated Woodpeckers ... and man that is a sight that will shock you when you first see one ... they are BIG ... huge ... the size of a crow. And the Ivory Billed are even bigger, have a distinctive call, flight, and pecking noise. -- in addition to the appearance. The conservationists have been raising money quietly to buy the habitat, and even have a videotape that clearly shows the bird for a few seconds.

You can learnmore about the Ivory Billed Woodpecker by going here.

Wonderful ... just plain wonderful. I only hope a one-toothed NRA goober in Arkansas doesn't think he can make a tasty pie out of 'possom and Ivory Billed.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One at a time, and in order:

1.Loggers clear cut it b4 the farmers burned it/soybeans, mr., soybeans.

2. Not so secret, if you know where to look on-line; you obviously do not.HINT: Not the White River bottoms, buddy.

3.The existing habitat where the bird has been sighted and recorded is publicly owned in the form of the Cache River Wildlife Reguge. Over 77% of this property has been purchased as a result of hunters (lots of them NRA members with plenty of teeth) purchasing Federal and Arkansas state Duck stamps.

4. Opossum's pretty tasty, yes. But have you ever had Woodpecker....? Yuck!

1:35 PM, May 19, 2005  

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