Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ivory-billed Woodpecker 10 Year Anniversary

Bobby Harrison (L) and Tim Gallagher (R) at the site on Bayou Deview, where they spotted an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, ten years ago today.  Photo by Clara Gallagher

     Ten years ago today, Tim Gallagher and I found an Ivory-billed Woodpecker on Bayou Deview just north of Brinkley, Arkansas.  Today, Tim and I were back on the Bayou for the 10th anniversary of the sighting.  The day was much the same as ten years ago, sunny and chilly, but no bird today.  We revisited the site, toasted the ivory-bill and trolled the bayou, both north and south of the highway 17 bridge.
     It is hard to believe that it has been ten years.  I remember the sighting as if it were yesterday. It was a life-changing event.  Since that day I have logged countless hours in the swamps of Arkansas and Florida, and I continue the search today!

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1 comment:

  1. It seems like it was yesterday that this was happening. My hope that a lot of habitat around the area is being purchased by the Nature Conservancy and set aside and properly managed, so that if the irds survive their ecosystem will be expanded. If anyone on the planet deserves to get the first good picture it is you Bobby. Still hoping you will. John