-- USFWS's Bob Russell Speaking --

05/22/2017 07:46:00 AM

---------------------------------------------------------------- I see Bob Russell, retired USFWS official and long-time IBWO searcher, is giving a talk this coming Thur. night (May 25) at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Center ...

-- A Few Notes --

04/03/2017 15:23:00 PM

————————————————————— A nice article on Iowa wood-carver Dean Hurliman for the many who know of him through this blog… and I can’t help but note that it ends with him saying, “I plan to do 10 ...

-- South Carolina Claim --

04/01/2017 19:39:00 PM

---------------------------------------------------------------- FWIW, long-time searcher George DeBusk reports a possible sighting in South Carolina (Francis Marion National Forest) on March 28 : https://www.facebook.com/groups/179784035 ...

-- A Shout Out to Bill Pulliam --

03/28/2017 20:03:00 PM

---------------------------------------------------------------- No IBWO news, but a quick shout out to Bill Pulliam today... just noticed that his small Tennessee community (and house!) took a direct hit from an EF-1 tornado yesterday. All's ...

-- Bark Scaling Ideas --

03/05/2017 07:30:00 AM

————————————————————— Recent post from Mark Michaels on bark scaling, especially of hickories, will be of potential interest to any ongoing searchers out there: https://projectcoyoteibwo.com/201 ...

— Mississippi Tweeting —

03/01/2017 07:25:00 AM

————————————————————— Just passing along this bit of Twitter trivia… Occasionally people on Twitter report seeing an Ivory-billed Woodpecker (either recently or in the past), but rarely have ...

-- Drone Views From Mike Collins --

02/18/2017 20:31:00 PM

----------------------------------------------------------------- Mike Collins has posted 30 videos (at current count) from drone flights over potential Ivory-bill habitat -- primarily sections of the Pearl River, but a couple of clips from ...

-- And the Beat Goes On --

02/04/2017 04:43:00 AM

——————————————————————— I’ve been hesitant to link to this since it’s a lot of sound and fury that’s been argued before, but some may want to see it before it fades from view (and they are ...

-- Mike Collins Persists, With Open Access Paper --

01/24/2017 15:44:00 PM

——————————————————————-- Once again Mike Collins has put together his evidence for Ivorybills in a published conservation paper, this time for an online, open access science journal (from Elsevier) ...

-- Goodbye To A Year That Will Live In Infamy --

12/24/2016 08:33:00 AM

----------------------------------------------------------------- Feel like I should post something before end-of-year just to indicate I remain alive... or at least had a pulse last time I checked; so here's a fun, sped-up video from Tara ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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. ...

-- Cuba Narrative --

04/21/2016 20:28:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ New Audubon Magazine journalist's account of the Ivory-bill quest to Cuba: http://www.audubon.org/magazine/may-june-2016/can-ivory-billed-woodpecker-be-found-cuba---------- ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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: http://heritageradionetwork.org/podcast/project- ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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, ...

-- 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, ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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?): ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- Weekly Bits... --

09/20/2015 09:00:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------Fellow planning a future trip to Cuba to look for the Cuban Ivory-bill:http://www.malibusurfsidenews.com/former-malibu-mayor-seeks-photograph-cuban-woodpecker Lots of nice ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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: http://rethinkr ...

-- ....and more --

05/30/2015 18:00:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Further update on the Big Cypress wildfire here: http://www.nbc-2.com/clip/11548586/big-cypress-wildfires-span-35000-acres-more-land-needs-to-burn Meanwhile, don't know quite ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 Lune ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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. ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 I ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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: http://projectcoyoteibwo. ...

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 ...

-- 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.:http://projectcoyoteibwo.com/(I ...

-- 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:http://tinyurl.com/n8rkpeh  And once ...

-- 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, ...

-- 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://v ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- I Get Emails (...plus 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 ...

-- Commemoration --

09/01/2014 06:00:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------ http://tinyurl.com/kjblw5u http://tinyurl.com/qak3wwf -----------------------------------------------------------------

-- Updates --

08/06/2014 15:59:00 PM

------------------------------------------------------------------Mark Michaels passes along his latest speculations regarding IBWO survival here:http://projectcoyoteibwo.com/2014/08/05/how-the-ivory-billed-woodpecker-might-have-survived/  He ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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:http://projectcoyoteibwo.com/2014/05/13/trip-report-may-8-11-2014/And "Houston" ...

-- And Now This --

05/02/2014 07:30:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------ Yet another story of a leucistic Pileated Woodpecker today, this one in Thomasville, Georgia:http://tinyurl.com/kwkqmvb[some other leucistic Pileateds on the Web here:  htt ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- Tidbits --

04/20/2014 06:15:00 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------- 1) A Mississippi journalist voices support for Mike Collins here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/04/12/5491527/legends-of-honey-island-swamp.html?sp=/99/228/263/490/ 2) O ...

-- 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:http://www.ibwo.net/forum/showpost. ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

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. ...

-- 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:http://vimeo.com/45317469  h/t to Tim Gallagher for pointing to this (in a tweet) -- Tim ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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," ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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):http://tinyurl.com/lbry7wh Dr. Jerome Jackson is retiring. Dr. Jackson has been one of my heroes for ...

-- 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: ------------------------------------------------ ...

-- "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" ...

-- 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. ...

-- 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 et.al., and focused especially ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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 ...

-- 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): http://www.wskg.o ...

-- 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 ...