Just last December
there were reports of more Ivory Bill Woodpecker sightings in Arkansas, where the bird was declared 'rediscovered" not so long ago. Reported sightings in Florida, and the story goes on
This has led to legal issues between conservationists / researchers and the Army Corps of Engineers.
The Corps of Engineers has been working on a $230 million irrigation project near the Big Woods area along the White River in Arkansas, but an injunction was placed back in July 2006 that blocked on site work. The pumps and motors have been continuing to be built and the Corps of Engineers is going to store them until such a time as they can be used.
With this injunction, and more sightings, one wonders about the affect rediscovering or even finding for the first time a mystery creature can have on the local economy, ecosystem and governmental systems.
For those who have not seen the identification chart for the Ivory Bill
, follow the link (a snapshot is here for you as well). There is also an interesting publication by the US Fish & Wildlife
that may be of interest. Of course the classic AUK
outline of the Cuban Ivory Billed Woodpecker is also a good reference point for a historical basis.
Labels: avian, endangered species