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[at-l] [Fwd: Ivory bill woodpecker video]
- Subject: [at-l] [Fwd: Ivory bill woodpecker video]
- From: RoksnRoots at aol.com (RoksnRoots@aol.com)
- Date: Fri Apr 29 16:51:20 2005
< Gene M Sparling III sighted a large woodpecker with a red crest
in the Cache River Refuge. Tim W Gallagher at the Cornell Lab saw the report
from Mr Sparling on a Web site where he was describing a kayack trip.
Within two weeks Mr Gallagher and Bobby R Harrison of Oakwood
College in Huntsville, Alabama, were in a canoe in the refuge, with Mr Sparling
Mr Gallagher said he expected to camp out for a week, but after one
night out, on Feb. 27, he and Mr Harrison were paddling up a bayou bounded on
both sides by cypress and Tupelo when they saw a very large woodpecker fly in
front of their canoe.
When they wrote down their notes independently and compared them, Mr
Gallagher said Mr Harrison was struck by the reality of the discovery and began
sobbing, repeating, "I saw an ivory bill."
Mr Gallagher felt the same. "I couldn't speak," he said.
Once Mr Gallagher convinced Dr Fitzpatrick of Cornell, the effort to
confirm the sightings began in earnest, and the result, published in the
online version of Science, carried the names of 16 people from seven institutions
who participated in a search that turned up seven confirmed new sightings and a
blurry bit of video tape.
An analysis of the video to determine the size and manner of flying
of the bird, as well as other sightings and the detailed reports of experts
like Mr Gallagher, proved convincing.
Dr Edward O Wilson, the Harvard ecologist and writer who has called
the ivory bill the signature bird of the Southern forest, said the question
now was whether there was a breeding population.
"I'm a little hopeful," he said, given that the previous confirmed
sighting was 60 years ago...>