I received the news earlier this week that my proposal to seek Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in Texas had been funded - not quite fully funded, but with enough to start the chase. My reaction was elation laced with a certain amount of misgivings, and also with a sense of awesome responsibility. I have been entrusted with a considerable sum of public money, your money, to look for something that may not exist...I wonder why there is no mention of using existing aerial photography to screen potential search areas?
One of the first steps we will take will be to make reconnaissance flights over the search areas, which are the corridors of bottomland forest along the lower Trinity, Neches, and Sabine Rivers in southeastern Texas. From the air we will identify those areas that appear to have large, intact tracts of mature forest so that they can marked for priority ground searches. At the same time we will be watching for the birds themselves. A flying Ivory-billed Woodpecker,viewed from above, should be quite conspicuous from a low, slow-flying aircraft.
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