James Guthrie, a volunteer on the continuing search for the ivorybill woodpecker, believes he saw one on April 17 in the Big Woods of Arkansas. From the news source:
"Guthrie’s observation joins a growing list of sporadic reports, but the definitive proof – a clear photograph, has eluded even the dogged ornithologists that brave the snake-infested bayou each winter and spring in search of the 'Lord God Bird,' as it is known.
"'Rich Guthrie was a volunteer on the ivory bill search, but as far as verifying his sighting, we can’t,' said Constance Bruce, of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
"In other words, Guthrie’s observation is not proof positive, and he knows it. But he’s also 100 percent confident that he saw what he thinks he saw.
"'At the moment, I realized what was going on. I wasn’t a jump up and down birdwatcher celebrating a tick on the life list. I was there gathering data – mentally taking it all in,' Guthrie said. 'I realize the significance of it, and how fortunate I was, but I’m glad that I was able to throw my observation into the ring to help the world know that there is still a viable hope down there.'
"With the search season winding down, this is likely to be the only evidence noted for awhile. Guthrie, for his part, encourages anyone with an interest and a camera to go search for the bird in the wilds of Arkansas."
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