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No. 189 BATON ROUGE, LAFebruary 2000

Newsletter of the Louisiana Ornithological Society

Table of Contents

Searching for IBWO
IBWO Tee-Shirts
Year of Discovery
Yard List 99 Final Call
The Botanical Birder
Ag Wetlands
Selasphorus ID Article
Selasphorus Figure 1
Selasphorus Figure 2
Selasphorus Figure 3
Selasphorus Figure 4
LOS Pelagics 2000
Winter Meeting Report
Swallow-tailed Kites
Waxwings Poem Rare Bird Alert
New Members
LOS Officers
LOS Sales
Membership Form
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LOS Homepage

Do You Want to Believe?
David Kulivan, a wildlife biology grad student and turkey hunter, has reported seeing ivory-billed woodpeckers on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries-owned Pearl River Wildlife Management Area on two separate occasions: April 1 and December 27, 1999. Since that time there have been several expeditions to look for the birds in the area. Some have reported hearing "intriguing" things, but needless to say, no confirmation has been forth-coming. Now that the news of the report has filtered out around the country, various expeditions have been organized by out-of-state avid birders as well. Our own General NOMODO (aka Bob Russell, New Jersey) has lead one group, including some of the top birders from the east coast and Mary Scott, of Birding America. BA has commissioned artwork by Shawneen Finnegan, and is producing a tee shirt in commemoration. (See below) One member of this expedition spotted a bird only briefly that might have been an IBWO.
Here is the semi-official commentary from Steve Shively of LDWLF: The area of the reported sightings was in the northern portion of the WLM area, near the shooting range. Because the descriptions of the birds were very detailed and complete, LDWF is taking the reports seriously enough to organize and conduct searches of the area and to delay planned timber harvests. Nevertheless, because only one person was involved in the sightings, and because no photos or video or audio tapes were obtained, the Department is still considering the sightings UNCONFIRMED.
IF YOU WANT TO SEARCH FOR IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKERS IN PEARL RIVER WMA... To enter the WMA you must possess either a hunting license, fishing license or non-consumptive license (Wild Louisiana Stamp) which may be purchased at sporting goods stores, Walmarts, LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge or by phone with a credit card by calling 1-888-765-2602.
Hunting seasons on the WMA in effect through spring include:
Rabbit-through Feb. 29
Squirrel-through Feb. 13
Hog-through Feb. 29
Turkey-March 25 through April 9
The WMA shooting range is open Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 am to 4 pm. (in case you want to avoid possible noise)
Venomous snakes occur in the area and will become more active as temperatures increase into the spring and summer. Wild hogs are abundant in the area. Most will avoid humans but large male hogs could be dangerous in some situations. Swamps, sloughs and bayous could restrict travel in many parts of the WMA.
DO NOT play tape recordings of ivory-billed woodpeckers during the spring as that could disrupt possible breeding activity and is considered illegal harassment for an endangered or threatened species.
DO take a compass, GPS unit, maps of the area (available from LDWF), camera (still and/or video), tape recorder, insect repellent, hat, and water.
DO report sightings IMMEDIATELY (include date, time, location, details) to LDWF at 225-765- 2821 or 1-800-442-2511.
Steve Shively
LA Natural Heritage Program
LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000
225-765-2607 fax
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Own the shirt created for our expeditions to the Pearl River WMA in February of 2000, with original artwork of a pair of Ivory-billeds by Shawneen Finnegan. Based on the tantalizing results of the search thus far, the shirt will read "I Want to Believe", Expedition for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Louisiana, February 2000. If the bird is photographed by the time the trees leaf out, the shirt will read something like "Resurrection in Louisiana", The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker in the New Millennium. Read a report of the February 6-10th and February 19-22nd expeditions and view and reserve your shirt at www.birdingamerica.com . If you're not on the Internet and are interested in the shirt, call (301) 589-3771 and leave your name and address. I'll send you an order form. And I'll send a free shirt to anyone who photographs the bird!
Good birding,
Mary Scott
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2000 Year of Discovery
This year's friendly LOS competition comes from an idea hatched by Dittmann and Cardiff. It is called the Year of Discovery. The winner will be the person or group who makes the most exciting birding discovery in Louisiana in the year 2000. Of course, it goes without saying, that whoever re-finds the Ivory- billed Woodpecker wins hands-down! If that happy event does not come to pass, then we are all in it together. So get out of your own yards and beat the bushes and navigate the waves to find something fun and exciting for Louisiana ornithology. The prize-winner will be decided by a committee of distinguished Louisiana birders and ornithologists from all regions of the state (who have yet to be named!). Whoever is "appointed" will be disqualified if they themselves have an entry, so do not fear discrimination or bias. Discover Louisiana!
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Don't forget the 1999 Yard List LOS Yard List Competition. I have received a bunch of lists and a couple with unbelievable totals. But don't forget there will be lots of categories and you are sure not to win one of them if you don't send in your list! How about the best urban yard list? The best list for St. James Parish? The best list from north of Opelousas? The best farm list? The best list from the smallest garden? The best bird on a yard list? Best list from someone under 20? Surely you can win one of these?
If you kept a list of yard birds in 1999, it would be great to share it with all of us, and even folks like computerless Joe who aren't on LaBird. Remember it is the friendliest competition you could ever think of entering and one that takes some skill as well! So, send 'em in. Electronically, as an email, a PC compatible attachment, snail mail, whatever. Just send 'em! Do it! Now!
The results will be published in the next issue of the news. Remember the 1991 Yard List competition? I wonder if we can do as well or better than the impressive totals from that year. Here is the challenge: L.O.S. members sent 27 yard lists for 1991. They reported 35 species of warblers, 7 species of hummingbirds, and 223 total species from Louisiana. There were six LBRC review-list species in yards that year. The longest list in the Challenge for 1991 was from Van Remsen and Catherine Cummins, who had 172 species. Just down the road, Donna Dittmann and Steve Cardiff reported 158. Van and Catherine aren't entering this year. Perhaps the Dittmann/Cardiff team will beat Van & Catherine's previous record. Stay tuned!
Carol Foil
1180 Stanford Ave.
Baton Rouge , LA 70808
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LOS News Editor: Carol Foil, 1180 Stanford Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
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posted 18February2000