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Keeps getting better and better....

Leslie Koller

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Julie Craves" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 9:35 PM
Subject: [birders] Ivory-bill -- apparently true


> Birders,
>
> Looking at the list of people that are going to be at the press 
> conference, scheduled for 11:30 AM EST tomorrow, April 28, I noticed two 
> representatives from the Nature Conservancy.  Thus, I figured it most 
> likely that this reported sighting was from a TNC property.  Sure enough, 
> I checked their web site tonight, and there are not-yet-live links, dated 
> April 28, confirming that Ivory-billed Woodpeckers have been found in 
> their Big Woods preserves:
>
> http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/arkansas/
>
> There are non-functional links describing the search team, etc. and, I am 
> feeling very depressed to note, one that says "Get driving directions to 
> the Arkansas preserves where the ivory-billed woodpecker has been found!"
>
> I have a lot of faith in TNC for doing right by this bird, but I don't 
> have as much faith in human nature, and I find it hard to imagine that 
> there will be a way to adequately control the influx of people wanting to 
> see this species.
>
> I know this bird has been a major touchstone for people, and thousands 
> will feel hope and joy at its rediscovery.  I feel an overwhelming sense 
> of trepidation.  Guess we need to stay tuned.
>
>
> -- 
> Julie A. Craves Rouge River Bird Observatory
> University of Michigan-Dearborn
>
> http://www.rrbo.org
>
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