Thursday, September 11, 2008

1st News!
September 2nd and 3rd: Bobby Harrison attended the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Recovery Team meeting in Atlanta as a representative of The Ivory-billed Woodpecker Foundation. Search team leaders from each state gave a presentation of its search efforts for the 2008 search season. There were a few sightings as well as “kent” like calls and double raps reported, but as of this date no clear photographs have been taken. While sound evidence hints to the presence of Ivory-bills in numerous location, sound evidence must be carefully analyzed and is often considered questionable.

Search efforts will continue during the 2008-2009 season in Arkansas, Florida, and other states. The Cornell mobile search team will continue to check out areas as a quick response team. Future search plans appear to include less human searchers and more technology in the form of automated camera surveillance.

It is not known how much longer federal funding will be available for the continued search. While the federal government does not fund the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Foundation, its search efforts will continue, even when other agencies' and institutions' funding is cut.

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