1/25/2008

Ivory billed sceptics

As I mentioned in my previous posts there is a lot of controversy and scepticism about the 'discovery' of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker. Tom Nelson's blog gives a good view from the perspective of a sceptic. Do yourself a favor and read all the comments- it's very interesting.
I think I'm gonna to make the Ivory billed the topic of next month's poll. I'll be very interested to see whether people believe that it is still out there..somewhere.
Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe.

5 comments:

Island Rambles Blog said...

It would be wonderful if it was out there...I think it is..as we cannot possibly know what goes on in wilderness areas.

Jochen said...

Well, that's the problem with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker:
It still - incredibly - is a matter of belief.

The bird's continued existence simply hasn't been proven yet, all the "evidence" collected on the Pearl, in Florida or Arkansas might be suggestive (possibly even highly so), but it definitely falls short of scientific proof (and that's a matter of fact, not of belief).

So people might believe what they feel like (and if I was based in North America, I'd be searching, simply because it seems like great fun regardless of the woodpecker's status), but we - the birding community - can't KNOW for sure.

Owlman said...

Thanks for chiming in on the discussion. I agree with you Jochen must of the evidence is still circumstantial although it does give some hope that the woodpecker is still out there. I'm also included to think that it is out there based on the size of the area that is being studies. The one thing that makes me skeptical is that the bird was described as being pretty tame and was regularly seen prior to its 'extinction'. Birds do not change their behavior which leads me to believe that people would have seen it - which a few people have claimed to do.

What I find amusing is that we have modern video evidence and even this is inconclusive. I guess only time will tell...

Clive's World said...

My thoughts exactly, Owlman, about the bird being tame. Why would it suddenly be so elusive. I sure hope they aren't extinct -- such a cool bird.

Owlman said...

Clive supposedly there has been reports from locals that they have seen them, but no one has been able to take a credible/verifiable picture of the bird. I actually saw a documentary on the search for big foot that was shot in many of the same locations as the IBW habitat and we are talking majorly inhospitable terrain here-maybe this accounts for the lack of sightings......

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