What would you do if you found the remaining Ivory-billed?-----Fwd: [Tweeters] Latest Ivory-Billed Woodpecker news (Supposedly with documented photos)

notcalm at comcast.net notcalm at comcast.net
Fri Jan 22 02:30:01 PST 2010

Tweeters Community,

Additional thoughts for discussion:

If you found the five remaining Ivory-bills in an isolated and remote location and was the only person to know of the location, how would you proceed to protect the birds?

Would you collect the reward if it resulted in massive international exposure for the birds(how could it not?)- say 5,000 photographers, researchers and media people in the first week, 80,000 in the first year (I am sure that even greater numbers traveled to Forks, WA. to see the the fictional Twilight series locations)

If someone does collect the reward, how can the researchers best handle the the information, following their confirmation?

What would you do next, if you were the researcher on site confirming that Ivory-bills are still present on Earth (I mean other then staring in slack-jawed awe for who knows how long; the uncontrollable shouts of joy; falling in the swamp in giddy, child-like laughter; hugging and weeping with who ever was sharing the experience; suddenly realizing that we as a species did not bring about extinction of this magnificent creature after all; and realizing that you had full responsibility for what happened next- (OK, perhaps that is what some of my friends or I would do- I was trained as a clinician and researcher in Clinical Psychology- some researchers would take careful field notes, be quietly happy and publish an impressive account, about a year later in a prestigious scientific journal).

It has occurred to me that is possible that a few people may have seen the birds in the recent past or know where a few live, but have chosen not to make the information available to others in what they may believe is in the best interest of the birds.

I would be interested in your thoughts.

Dan Reiff, PhD
Mercer Island

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From: notcalm at comcast.net
To: "Khanh Tran" <fsprucegrouse at yahoo.com>
Cc: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 12:57:01 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Latest Ivory-Billed Woodpecker news (Supposedly with documented photos)

Hello Group,

I do not know if this is a valid claim, but I certainly hope so. Sometimes I am concerned that discovery of a very small population could cause additional problems for the remaining birds.

I did find the following conditional $50,000 reward offer by Cornell U. If this guy found a Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, it would partially explain the delay in releasing details. As a condition, he must lead a researcher to the bird to confirm, not just provide photographs. One hides a lottery ticket until until it can be redeemed.

See: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ivory/

Reward Poster (worth seeing): http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ivory/Images09/50KReward_Poster2.pdf

" A pproach With Caution: This rare woodpecker is extremely elusive and is considered an endangered species

Last Seen in the Big Woods of Arkansas

A $50,000 reward will go to the individual responsible for leading a project scientist to a living Ivory-billed Woodpecker at a nesting, roosting or foraging site.

No national wildlife refuges or wildlife management areas will be closed because of the presence of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker. No private land has been condemned to protect this species and there is no intention of doing so.

The land use of the area where the woodpecker is found is likely compatible with the bird’s needs. If interested, private landowners with birds using their property may receive additional funding and technical assistance to benefit the woodpecker’s habitat.

To collect the reward, you must provide video, photographic or other compelling information and lead a project scientist to a living wild Ivory-billed Woodpecker for verification.

Anyone with information leading to the safe location of a living Ivory-billed Woodpecker should call Allan Mueller at (501) 614-5092 or (800) 440-1477."


I guess this an example of possible fame and fortune.

Dan Reiff,

Mercer Island

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
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From: "Khanh Tran" <fsprucegrouse at yahoo.com>
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:18:27 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: [Tweeters] Latest Ivory-Billed Woodpecker news (Supposedly with documented photos)

Hi Tweeters,


Stay tune........

Good birding,

Khanh Tran (Portland, Oregon)

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