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-- Checking In Before End of Summer --

09/03/2016 05:00:00 AM

————————————————-———————————— Sorry for long dry spell, but been busy this summer with other things, and none of the very few IBWO dribs and drabs I’ve heard reached a threshold worth passi > read more

-- Ivory-bills Coming Before Winter! --

06/28/2016 16:29:00 PM

---------------------------------------------------------------- Well, wooden ones anyway! Wood carver par excellence, Dean H. will have more Ivory-bills ready to ship before this coming winter. Those who received these life-size beauties last year > read more

-- Summer Doldrums --

05/18/2016 05:23:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Summer rapidly approaches with full leaf-out, heat, humidity, bugs, snakes, Zika! etc... a time of diminished IBWO searching, so not expecting to post much in next few months. Ob > read more

-- Cuba Narrative --

04/21/2016 20:28:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ New Audubon Magazine journalist's account of the Ivory-bill quest to Cuba: > read more

-- On To Cuba --

04/11/2016 16:21:00 PM

-------------------------------------------------------------------- With American-Cuban relations thawed, Tim Gallagher, veteran of the Arkansas Ivory-bill search (and others) has gone to Cuba with Martjan Lammertink and others to again look fo > read more

-- Mark Michaels on the Radio --

04/04/2016 20:08:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------- Project Coyote's Mark Michaels was on the radio tonight for 40 mins. discussing the Ivory-bill and their Louisiana search: > read more

-- Back To 2005 --

03/02/2016 16:08:00 PM

-------------------------------------------------------------- Today, re-running an entry I posted here over 10 years ago! Recently Mark Michaels linked to an older Geoff Hill review of a Noel Snyder monograph where he [Snyder] argues that huntin > read more

-- Intermission --

02/08/2016 09:44:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------ One quick 'housekeeping' note: I don't mind anonymous or pseudonymous commenters, but would prefer if folks adopted a consistent identifying sign-off (fake name, initials, whatev > read more

-- Explaining the Inexplicable... --

02/04/2016 15:12:00 PM

-------------------------------------------------------------------- "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool." -- Richard Feynman [There's ongoing discussion for readers to follow, in the c > read more

-- Speculatin' --

02/02/2016 18:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------- I hear from skeptical sorts from time-to-time who clearly think (without saying it out loud ;-) that I'm a misguided idiot for keeping this blog going, and maintaining hope that I > read more

-- For the Conspiracy Theorists Out There --

01/22/2016 13:04:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------- Every couple of months I hear from someone who thinks I may have special, privileged information relating to Ivory-bills being found. Occasionally they've even seen something on th > read more

-- December Notes --

12/15/2015 15:29:00 PM

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Last month, writer Pat Gillum repeated an IBWO tale he told back in 2013 (it's never been clear to me if this is a piece of creative fiction or a true-life story?): http://fo > read more

-- Heading Into Winter --

11/23/2015 14:47:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Just a quick update to say I've heard from two of the recipients of Dean Hurliman's M-A-A-ARVELOUS Ivory-bill sculptures. Delighted that they found good, worthy homes! And I believe > read more

-- From the Mouths of Babes --

11/02/2015 07:14:00 AM

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-- IBWO Wood Carvings... WOW! --

09/30/2015 06:07:00 AM

--------------------------------------------------------- A midwestern duck carver named Dean Hurliman emailed me a short while back about a limited number of Ivory-bill wood carvings (IBWO in flight) he has in the works and willing to gi > read more

-- Weekly Bits... --

09/20/2015 09:00:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------Fellow planning a future trip to Cuba to look for the Cuban Ivory-bill: Lots of nice pics from > read more

-- Where Oh Where --

09/13/2015 17:25:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Used to hear privately from folks doing occasional independent searches, but have heard very little in last year-or-more, and am curious what (if any) areas might still be getting c > read more

-- September Already --

09/04/2015 10:30:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------Sorry, for long delay in posting anything but the IBWO dribs and drabs I'm getting just haven't seemed newsy enough to expend time on lately.  I should probably post something though > read more

-- Some of Us Can Relate... --

06/26/2015 18:13:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Feel like I should post something before the month ends, so here's a quick story of a man with an obsession, that some of us understand better than others: > read more

-- ....and more --

05/30/2015 18:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Further update on the Big Cypress wildfire here: Meanwhile, don't know quite what > read more

-- South Florida Burning --

05/28/2015 20:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ The largest wildfire currently burning in the U.S. is unfortunately at The Big Cypress National Preserve in south Florida (sandwiched between the Everglades and the Fakahatchee Stra > read more

-- Anniversary --

04/28/2015 06:30:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the announcement that Ivorybills had been rediscovered, Arkansas Online ran a piece including updates with Gene Sparling and David Luneau:http:// > read more

-- Fantasies ;-)) --

04/25/2015 17:30:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ While awaiting any other news, perhaps just some entertainment today... 'tis the season of avian webcams. Bird nestcams are among the most wonderful, extraordinary uses of the interne > read more

-- That Old Reward...? --

04/22/2015 18:48:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------Many will remember the $50,000 reward offered in the course of the Arkansas Big Woods search for information that led wildlife officials to a living Ivory-billed Woodpecker. As far as > read more

-- No, Nope, Nada --

04/18/2015 06:22:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Which is to say, thus far I've not found anything adding weight to a rumor previously referenced. Most folks writing me are speculating or making guesses about things I don't have an > read more

-- 10 Years and Counting --

04/13/2015 20:14:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------- "Every time my cell phone rang I expected it to be from someone in the bayou saying ‘We got it!' The days were long but the excitement was in the air – it was just electric. It > read more

-- Geoff Hill Returns to the Choc. --

04/01/2015 09:00:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------- By coincidence, while checking up on some current Ivory-bill doings, I just learned that Auburn's Geoff Hill started a new general ornithology blog last week, and it begins with his > read more

-- Of Pileated Poopology --

03/26/2015 05:59:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------Back when the major IBWO search was underway one possibility considered was to look for feathers from suspected-activity sites that might prove, through DNA analysis, to be Ivory-bille > read more

-- The Cuban Ivory-bill --

03/18/2015 15:38:00 PM

-------------------------------------------------------------------I don't recall ever mentioning(??) this small book (covering Cuban IBWO searches between 1985 and 1993) that's been out for awhile, and popped up on my Twitter feed today:"Looking for > read more

-- More Retrospective --

02/17/2015 13:37:00 PM

-------------------------------------------------------------------- Mark Michaels has newly-posted a retrospective of Ivory-bill sightings (and other info/commentary) from 1944 - 2003 at the Project Coyote site: > read more

The Truth Is Out There....

01/27/2015 10:34:00 AM

-------------------------------------------------------------------As we approach the 11th anniversary, in a couple of weeks, of Gene Sparling's find in the Arkansas delta, couple of podcasts that pay tribute to our subject. First, a simple 5-minute > read more

-- Catching Up --

01/11/2015 07:00:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------I assume that most follow the Project Coyote group updates, but in case not, there are a couple posted since their latest end-of-year searches in La.: pr > read more

-- End-of-Year Notes --

12/26/2014 14:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------Birder/writer Jim Williams recently reviewed a new bird book, but spent most of his time talking once again about the search for the IBWO:  And once again ha > read more

-- Holiday Note --

12/23/2014 15:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ -- HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all! -- Whenever the world seems to trample on hope... we still return to it . . . . Lyrics:We believe in things that we cannot seeWhy shouldn't we, why sh > read more

-- Thought I'd Read It All... --

12/10/2014 18:02:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------Thought I'd read all the old Ivory-bill stories, but this one from the Texas Big Thicket crossed my screen, and I don't recall it (IBWO part in second half of story):http://venturegall > read more

-- Mike C. Back at Pearl River (last month) --

12/02/2014 21:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------Mike Collins keeps re-posting various past videos at YouTube (perhaps to keep them appearing as 'recent' in the search criteria, or maybe he adds new commentary or footage, I'm not sur > read more

-- Congrats Geoff!! --

10/31/2014 15:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ A quick side-note today, as I just learned that Geoff Hill, known in ornithology circles for various areas of research, but familiar to most of us for leading the Choctawhatchee-area > read more

-- Passing Time --

10/26/2014 07:00:00 AM

---------------------------------------------------------------------Don't know when (if) there will be any major IBWO news to come along, but for now will simply refer readers here to the two ongoing searches already linked to:Project Coyote has put > read more

-- I Get Emails ( IBWO Speculation) --

09/10/2014 11:53:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------ (1935 Arthur A. Allen, Singer Tract) Several seabirds spend almost their entire lives far out at sea. Chimney Swifts spend a remarkable percentage of their lives in the air, coas > read more

-- Commemoration --

09/01/2014 06:00:00 AM

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-- Updates --

08/06/2014 15:59:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------Mark Michaels passes along his latest speculations regarding IBWO survival here:  He was in > read more

-- Yes, I'm Still Here --

07/23/2014 19:02:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------- A wildfire was put out quickly this week in Ojito de Agua, part of Alejandro de Humboldt National Park of eastern Cuba, one final possible home of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the > read more

-- For Yours Entertainment --

05/21/2014 12:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ A number of short IBWO-related student films have been posted to YouTube over the last few years. I don't usually call attention to them, but this one includes just enough creativity > read more

-- From the Forum --

05/17/2014 07:30:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------For any not following the IBWO Researchers Forum, Mark Michaels last update for Project Coyote is here: "Houston" c > read more

-- And Now This --

05/02/2014 07:30:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Yet another story of a leucistic Pileated Woodpecker today, this one in Thomasville, Georgia:[some other leucistic Pileateds on the Web here:  http://tinyur > read more

-- Fermi's Paradox… The Drake Equation --

04/30/2014 22:15:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------- Caution:  long-windedness ahead…. Off-and-on I read a fair amount of popular physics, often running across "Fermi's Paradox" along the way. I've never quite understood how anyo > read more

-- Flights... of Fancy --

04/25/2014 06:45:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------  For what it's worth, just some videos I've lumped together (essentially, meaning I've had a wee bit too much free time on my hands this week...): The famous Rhein video of an Imp > read more

-- Tidbits --

04/20/2014 06:15:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------- 1) A Mississippi journalist voices support for Mike Collins here: 2) Occasionall > read more

-- Memory Lane --

04/11/2014 18:00:00 PM

-------------------------------------------------------------------First, "ChiricahuaBob" has added a couple more entries to those cited in the prior post, about further areas in Florida worth exploration: > read more

-- Past and Present --

04/02/2014 19:36:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------- Nothing newsworthy, but a recently uploaded 6-minute YouTube piece, with some nice clips, briefly summarizes the IBWO Arkansas story:   And in case you don't follow the IBWO Rese > read more

-- A Voice From the Past --

03/25/2014 18:30:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------- Most emails I get these days are fairly lame claims of Ivory-bill sightings, or else simple questions; occasionally I get some sort of story from someone's past which is a bit more > read more

Florida etc.

03/07/2014 13:00:00 PM

-------------------------------------------------------------------- (via Eric Gaba/WikimediaCommons) We're into IBWO breeding season and a handful of folks are doing a week+ long search of some central Florida locales starting next week. Coincid > read more

-- 10 Years and Counting --

02/28/2014 11:24:00 AM

-------------------------------------------------------------------- 8+ minute clip from George Butler's 2007 documentary film "The Lord God Bird" here:  h/t to Tim Gallagher for pointing to this (in a tweet) -- Tim also nos > read more

-- Persistence, Paradigm Shifts??? and whatever... --

02/19/2014 09:00:00 AM

---------------------------------------------------------------------- This month represents the 10th anniversary of the original IBWO sightings in Arkansas. Hard to believe! (…that it's been 10 years, not the sightings ;-) Nonetheless, for a lot o > read more

-- Ivory-bill Materials For Sale --

02/09/2014 16:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Several of you may be familiar with birder Jim Williams, long-time bird/nature writer/columnist in Minnesota, with long-held interest in the Ivory-bill. He contacted me wishing to get > read more

-- Those Kenting Blue Jays --

01/28/2014 06:30:00 AM

-------------------------------------------------------------------- The circumstance of Blue Jays doing expertly-rendered Ivory-bill 'kent' calls has long been an issue for IBWO searchers. There is no doubt that Blue Jays, well-known "mimics," utte > read more

-- Of Tragedies and Centennials --

01/07/2014 15:30:00 PM

--------------------------------------------------------------------- "Martha" from Wikipedia While hope for the Ivory-bill seems to hang by a thread, hope for another species is gone. This is the centennial year for the official extinction of th > read more

-- Jerry Jackson Retires --

01/01/2014 06:45:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------ Well, this is sort of big news to start off the year (though certainly not unexpected): Dr. Jerome Jackson is retiring. Dr. Jackson has been one of my heroes for the las > read more

-- Year End --

12/27/2013 18:00:00 PM

-------------------------------------------------------------------------- I probably shouldn't let any year go by without re-playing Sufjan Stevens haunting tribute to the Ivory-bill: ---------------------------------------------------------- > read more

-- "interesting followup"... --

12/14/2013 18:00:00 PM

************************************************ Cornell's John Fitzpatrick is in a new ~11 min. audio interview, recounting the Ivory-bill story. Nothing new in it, until the 9-minute point when he mentions what he terms an "interesting followup" o > read more

-- Mike Collins Summarizes His Work --

11/03/2013 19:15:00 PM

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mike Collins has produced a set of YouTube videos recapitulating his case for Ivory-bills in the Pearl River (LA.) region, based on his work there over ~8 years. There > read more

-- More of Same --

09/16/2013 16:30:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Earlier this year I cited the abstract to the final official report on the 2006-8 search for the Ivory-bill in South Carolina (from Matthew Moskwik, and focused especially on > read more

-- Georgia's Altamaha... --

09/09/2013 18:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------- Just passing this along, in the event anyone might be interested… A reader ("Tony") from McDonough, Georgia, has the birding 'bug,' in particular the IBWO 'bug,' and is very inter > read more

-- More History From Houston --

07/27/2013 11:30:00 AM

--------------------------------------------------------"Houston" at IBWO Researchers Forum continues to post documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, the latest ones being old Ivory-bill sighting claims from various states:Flo > read more

-- Just Passing These Along --

07/24/2013 16:30:00 PM

---------------------------------------------------------A couple of tangential things showing up in my feeds today:  New podcast of Tim Gallagher in a radio interview (haven't listened yet myself, but assume it is good): > read more

-- Sounds of Silence --

07/22/2013 07:00:00 AM

-------------------------------------------------------   "And no one dared disturb   The sound of silence." -- Paul Simon To my surprise, have had no substantive feedback on the historical questions previously raised, that I was hoping could be > read more

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