Archive for the “Ivory-Billed Woodpecker”

Happy Birthday Cryptomundo!

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 29th, 2006

(Click on image to see full size version, enhanced by shockbeton) It is a few minutes beyond midnight in the East, and a year ago today – on September 29, 2005 – Cryptomundo was born. Thank you everyone, for a wonderful first year of Cryptomundo! The images here are a quick trip down memory lane. […]

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Ivory Bill Announcement

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 27th, 2006

Loren mentioned this story here on Cryptomundo yesterday in his post The Search for Giant Woodpeckers. Today comes word of a huge pending announcement regarding the Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers purported to have been found in Florida. Published in the Smokey Mountain News today is the following news. The story’s been floating around in the blogosphere for […]

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The Search for Giant Woodpeckers

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 26th, 2006

Are folks still interested in the search for the world’s biggest woodpeckers, the Ivory-billed and the Imperial Woodpeckers? According to reports being published on September 26, 2006, and summarized in the Mobile, Alabama Press-Register, a haven for ivory-billed woodpeckers has been discovered in Florida. Auburn University researchers published evidence today of what some are describing […]

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Arkansas’ Most Wanted

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 25th, 2006

Ok, it wasn’t as if Arkansas conservation agencies put out "Wanted: Dead or Alive" posters for the ivory-billed woodpecker. But what they did might be bad enough. Starting Monday, The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas plans to offer a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an ivory-billed woodpecker nest, roosting cavity or feeding site in […]

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Cryptid Woodpecker Update

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 29th, 2006

The search has begun for the ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) on Cuba, late in April 2006. Cuban ornithologists have received permission to search for the long-lost, ivory-billed woodpecker in heavily wooded areas of the island that have been off-limits even to scientists since Fidel Castro seized power here almost 50 years ago. Backed by a […]

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Thunderbird Spotting

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 13th, 2006

In response to my recent Cryptomundo posting about unusual birds showing up in North Dakota, cryptozoologist Matt Bille, author of Rumors of Existence …and his forthcoming Spring 2006 sequel, Shadows of Existence, comments (remarks reproduced with permission) thusly: When the topic of birds comes up, I always puzzle over the contrast between the amazing ability […]

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Precursor to a Weird Summer?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 13th, 2006

What’s up with the birds in North Dakota? In the last two weeks, birders have seen, and in some cases, photographed, eight different species of birds not seen in the states for years or decades or, as it turns out, ever. These include sightings of a mountain plover (not seen in North Dakota since the […]

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Leap The CryptoHaiku Carnivorous

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 12th, 2006

As Cryptomundo readers might recall, I named Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger, one of the "Top Cryptozoology Books" of last year, specifically bestowing it as "The Best Cryptozoological Expedition Book of 2005." The book is by Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson (with illustrations by Alexis Rockman). The well-written record of three […]

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The Call of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Celebration

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on February 21st, 2006

The ivory-billed woodpecker is still as elusive as Bigfoot, but interest in Arkansas’ most-sought resident continues to grow. The Call of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Celebration is planned Feb. 23-25 in Brinkley in eastern Arkansas. It focuses on the rare bird, thought to have been extinct, that was sighted in the area in 2004. Reports of […]

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How Many Bigfoot Are There?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on January 30th, 2006

Tom Atzet, a retired Forest Service ecologist from Oregon wrote an excellent article concerning the problems on getting an accurate population count of animals in the wild. Typically, we count what we can see. Biologists use cameras, tracking, spotlighting and hunter success, but warn that "failing to detect" does not necessarily mean "absent." Even after […]

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Answering the Bigfoot Skeptics

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on January 18th, 2006

Published on today is an article written by a Cryptomundo commenter, Benjamin Radford, editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, entitled, "Rare Woodpecker Search Sheds Light on Bigfoot." Going to the site, I found it humorous that the ad for the page is the Canadian Sasquatch for the Discovery Channel’s show "Mythbusters." Some of what is […]

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Ivory-Billed Woodpecker: 3 Dirty Words to Duck Hunters?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on January 15th, 2006

The Commercial Appeal of Memphis (TN) writes that duck hunters have an underlying fear that they will be overrun by birdwatchers should there be a sighting of an ivory-billed woodpecker in their hunting spot. The article claims that their catch phrase these days is, "If we do see one, whatever you do, don’t tell anybody […]

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2006: Year of the Imperial Woodpecker?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 26th, 2005

Could 2006 be the Year of the Imperial Woodpecker? Clearly 2005 was the year of the ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis). As the #1 cryptozoology story of 2005, the rediscovery of the ivory-billed made a dramatic statement beyond the realm of zoology and cryptozoology that long-thought extinct animals may still exist. Has a recent sighting of […]

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The Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2005

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 23rd, 2005

The Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2005 by Loren Coleman, Cryptozoologist and Author, Bigfoot!, Cryptozoology A to Z, and other books. Welcome to this year’s Top Stories in Cryptozoology. It was quite a year, and perhaps captured best by the headline used on Mark Baard’s article in the November 1st issue of Wired News, "America Goes […]

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Top Cryptozoology Books 2005

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 19th, 2005

The Top Cryptozoology Books of 2005 by Loren Coleman, Cryptozoologist and Author of Bigfoot! and Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology It is time for my annual overviews of all things cryptozoological. Here’s my top picks for the best cryptozoology books of 2005, in order of the books’ rankings of importance, plus the books’ […]

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