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From: "Chuck Hunter" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: Support your local Ivory-billed Woodpecker, May 21,
Clarendon, AR


>
>
>
>
> Or at least support the communities that support the habitat that 
> supports the only known Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the world. Yes, 
> Ivory-billed Woodpecker has always been atop our Partners in Flight 
> priority lists within many Southeastern physiographic areas (now of 
> course Bird Conservation Areas), now we know why.
>
> I recently learned about the 4th Annual Big Woods Birding Festival, 
> this year hosted at Clarendon, AR, in close driving distance of the 
> Cache River and White River National Wildlife Refuges as well as 
> Dagmar and Black
Swamp
> Wildlife Management Areas, all among known or suspected habitat for 
> the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
>
> I realize this is short notice, but if you don't mind passing this 
> along
to
> what ever birding networks you are part of, it would be nice to show 
> the local communities  of Clarendon, Brinkley, Cotton Plant, and 
> Stuttgart
that
> the birding and bird conservation community supports their efforts to 
> promote birding as a viable economic activity in eastern Arkansas.  I
think
> you will find this fourth annual festival has lots of great 
> activities, some really special speakers to discuss the Ivory-bill and

> its
rediscovery,
> birding trips, and lots of local flavor (including an Elvis tribute 
> show, how appropriate!).  For instance, you can get yourself fried
"ivory-billed"
> wings and the original "ivory-billed" cheeseburger, not to mention 
> your
own
> $25 woodpecker haircut.   If ya'll can't make the festival, come on
over
> when you can, stay in one of the fine establishments listed below, use
your
> "birding bucks" to show support when shopping and dining, and again 
> pass this message along to your friends and colleagues.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Chuck
>
> Information on the festival, events, lodging (including some good 
> local recommendations for lodges follows:
>
>
> www.clarendon-ar.com (click on "festival" for more info)
>
> make sure to check (if you haven't already) for lots of good info on 
> the Big Woods Conservation Partnership, and directions to refuge and 
> wildlife management suggested access areas:
>
> www.ivorybill.org
>
> and
>
> http://www.fws.gov/cacheriver/index.html
>
>
>

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