Monday, December 12, 2005

Pondering on the Path

Monday, December 12, 2005

Just back from an invigorating x-c skiing jaunt around our orchard and meadow. While pausing to catch my breath at the far end of the meadow I started thinking about the ivory-billed woodpecker rediscovery and the ongoing search. With all the emotion, wonder, hypotheses, anxiety, fear and loathing, political, scientific, and financial jostling for position, we still have very little in the way of facts, or actual knowledge, about the bird or birds that have been seen.

My thought was: If I could interview an ivory-billed woodpecker, what questions would I ask, and what would the bird's answers be?

The very first question would be:
Where the heck have you been all these years?

and the follow-up:
So, how did you avoid detection for most of the past four decades? There must've been some close calls....

I'll come back to this fantasy Q&A in future posts. Right now I'm thinking about how the bird might answer...

ivory-billed woodepeckers at nest cavity ©Julie Zickefoose


On December 13, 2005 at 2:17 PM Rondeau Ric said...

I,ve always been here. you've been looking in the wrong places.

Perhaps you didn't deserve to see me before. I waited until you needed your sense of wonder renewed.

Please don't harass me into extinctsion

On December 13, 2005 at 2:23 PM Rondeau Ric said...

Or extinction. Wish i could type.