Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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  1. Good luck searching!

  2. Waiting patiently for updates. I will be posting any relevant info on my blog. I did a couple of posts on the search for the Ivory billed and got some feedback from bloggers. Next month I am putting a poll up to see how many people actually think the Ivory billed still exists...should be interesting.

    Personally I think the circumstantial evidence is strong enough to believe that the Ivory billed is still out there...somewhere. Once tiny request-please can you include a title in your posts? I use iGoogle as a reader and without a title I have no quick way of seeing what the topic of the post is.
    Good luck on your search!

  3. Norma5:26 PM

    Why I believe: On February 27, 2004 at about 1:30pm I got a phone call from my husband, a long time birder. He was sobbing as he said, “Norma, I saw it” with a quivering voice. I knew exactly what he was talking about. My own knees felt like jelly and my head felt faint. I had to sit down. My students looked at me and asked me “Mrs. H. is everything OK?” He told me what had just happened.

    Bobby, would not be weeping over seeing a pileated woodpecker, after all his research he knew exactly what he had seen.

    This is all happened before Cornell, before the Nature Conservancy, before the Fish & Wildlife, before there were ‘naysayers,’ and before the ‘big announcement’ by the US Department of the Interior on April 28, 2005.

    Bobby had been enamored with the ivory-billed woodpecker since he was a teenager. And for over 33 years he has spent time in serious search, research and following leads. You should see our house and his collection of IBWO 'stuff.' It was and is a lifetime quest.

    News of him weeping attributed him the nick-name “sobbin’ Bob” (see url:
    Bobby has seen an ivory-bill a total of 6 times, 5 individual birds in 2004 and 2 flying together in 2005.

    Combining forces, Bobby Harrison and Tim Gallagher, had been following leads for several years. Then on February 27, 2004, they sighted the IBWO together in Bayou de View, Arkansas. This was the first time that 2 qualified searchers had seen an ivory-bill at the same time in over 60 years.

    Bobby and others have now established the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Foundation, a 501(c)3, a nonprofit organization, whose mission is the continued search: to locate, document photographically, study, protect ivory-bills and to educate the general public.

    On February 23, 2008 the Foundation will host its Second Annual Celebration Gala Weekend.

    In a special session on ‘How to conduct a Low Impact Search for Ivory-bills’ Bobby will show his unpublished video that he took on September 4th, 2004. It too is not that 'sharp' image everyone is awaiting.

  4. Owlman, thanks for your support!