RE: NANFA-- Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (was Field Trip to K.U.)

Jay DeLong (
Thu, 17 Feb 2000 08:41:27 -0800

Jan said:
> This is way off-topic, but since its close to home, thought that I would
> respond. The recent reports of ivory-billed woodpeckers are being treated
> cautiously by local ornithologists, but there is reason to hope. According
> to a recent article in Jackson's Clarion-Ledger ----
> Re problems with private landowners:
> Birds were observed in the forests of a wildlife management area.

I don't think it's necessarily off topic because the issue is also about the
fate of endangered species and the effects of human development. Because
those birds were observed in a state forest, I wonder:
1- Why were they in the state forest? Is "forest" the key word, and is
there a lack of available habitat elsewhere in the historical range of the
bird? Is their historical habitat now cotton fields and such?
2- What if they are found to be ivory billed woodpeckers? Will that forest
serve as their protected home? Is that good or bad for the species? What
if their young try to disperse beyond the forest to establish their own
territories. What if they settle in a timber company's forest? Or a
private landowner's?

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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