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Ivory-billed Woodpecker discussion  

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24Jan2002  

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24Jan2002. Search planning discussion  

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24Jan2002.  

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24Jan2002. Includes intermittent off-mic conversations  

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24Jan2002. John Fitzpatrick, Christopher Clark, Robert McCurdy discuss placement of ARUs.  

NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
23 Jan 2002

    Geography
  • United States
    Louisiana
    St. Tammany County
    Locality
  • Pearl River Wildlife Management Area
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 30.38379   -89.71489
    Geography
  • United States
    Mississippi
    Pearl River County
    Locality
  • North of Picayune, MS
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 30.528056   -89.680278
    Recording TimeCode
  • 45:50 - 2:01:33
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
    Recorders
  • SONY TCD-D8
    Microphones
    Accessories
    Equipment Note
  • DPA 4060 omni mics.

DAT 09 Log (Weds Stereo 2)
Twin DPA stereo

Begins at bunkhouse Weds night with Chris Joyce (CJ) interviewing searcher Peter McBride (PM).

01 00000 CJ: what would you do if you saw the bird? PM: I would take two or three good looks. Make sure I wasn't kidding myself. Although I'm not too worried about it. I'm glad I'm coming to this not as a person who's been looking for Ivorybills for years. I've done some woodpecker work, but I've done other stuff, so I'm glad that it's¿I wouldn't say it's my obsession, I'm not worried about going out there and seeing it at every turn. But I'm sure if I saw it I'd be amazed, it apparently is a large bird and obviously very showy and breathtaking no doubt. And after recording it, no doubt¿the one thing I would imagine is because we're often out there walking alone¿ther's two of us in a team but we'll walk parallel lines and converge every hour just to take some data. I've imagined calling by radio to my partner and saying get your video camera ready, come this way, don't call back on the radio, keep sil;ent, and so forth. Q: so you've rehearsed it? PM: Sure. You can't help but imagine it being out there. And uh¿Q: have you also rehearsed in your mind the end of the 30 days and you don't find it? PM: Yeah, certainly. Cause that's a very real possibility. I guess we'll take each of those days as they come but sure, certainly I can see that as a very likely outcome. Q: If it does happen that way do you think nothing will change, will people still claim to have seen it, or do you think it'll be a blow, people will give up? PM: Well I can't speak for other people, they make their own decisions, but there's no reason this should be the end of something because we're searching in one geographic area. Obviously the range of the bird originally and as we know it was much wider¿people think there are interesting possibilities in Florida and further west. It can't say much other than what's goin on this month here. And the sighting that stimulated this back in April of 99 in the same area, it won't even verify, confirm or deny that. There might have been birds here then that aren't here now, for any number of reasons. So¿.
02 00340 mid distant interior chatter of bunkhouse, Alan, Alison, Peter. Food prep underway, Dave cooking, dishes getting set out, who's up next for the shower? Talk about getting wet, outside dog bark, 80% chance rain, let's turn weather on right now. 00620 Car starts outside, dog barks, more inside, dinner's ready, let's eat, we prepare to leave, Chris talks to Alison about our schedule
00800 Alison onmike: it's my video camera, just trying to keep it dry. Need to recharge but but having trouble opening the Pelican case, so it's obviously doing its job. Filmed a few things but no rare woodpeckers yet.
00840 more offmike chat about schedules
01000 leave bunkhouse, footsteps, I10 traffic, walk down to gate, car approaches gate, gate opens, car goes through, gate closes with clanking poles, footsteps, get in car.
03 01200 slate finishing Weds bunkhouse
04 01230 slate outside bunkhouse, Thursday night Jan 24, traffic ambi, distant voices, high gain: traffic, frogs, distant voices including Chris
01500 set down machine for unattended recording
01625 my footsteps depart, start long ambi bed of traffic and distant voices and frogs/insects outside bunkhouse
05 03858 slate end of ambi
06 03900 Friday morning, Best Western hotel lobby, John Fitzpatrick talks to Paul Wagner from Honey Island River Tours, mentions John Branham (sp?) Bogue Chitto official who'll be one of our boaters. Looking at photo maps, talk about places to put ARUs. Reception desk voices in background. Chris Q: what's your criteria for picking spots? JF: well what we're trying to do is, find the places, we're putting posts in the Bogue Chitto Wildlife Refuge today and what we're trying to do is find places in the Refuge that are the oldest forest, that have maximum likelihood of the ivorybills using them at least occasionally. Tall trees, big canopies¿the ideal is trees that are 30 inches in diameter, and those aren't very common down here because most of this was cut in the Thirties and Forties.
But there are some places¿they left a lot of trees here and there that have grown up, and so¿we're just trying to find spots that have a lot of dead wood. (pause) Let's go! Lobby ambi, rolling up laminated photo maps, Cornell team voices, go outside, Chris Clark, JF discuss who's in what boat, who's in what car.
04500 ambi of people getting into cars, engines starting and idling
07 04550 slate Fri morning outside north Picayune Mississippi, this tape is twin omni stereo, 8:19am, mention other machine running wireless split track with JF and CC on that .
04700 Good parking lot ambi (short), then Dave Luneau and Alison Styring of searchers comments. Truck and boat trailer pull out to go to ramp. Voices and footsteps. Correct the slating: on wireless recorder: Chris Clark (CC) on left channel, JF on right.
04955 good ambi at boat ramp. Engines, drippy water, tire squeals, horn, no voices for a while.
05050 good boat floating off trailer, trailer pulls away, Dave comments.
05220 idling boat motor, water offmike "pileated just called", discuss pronunciation of pileated with Steve and Dave, wind picks up and whistles through screen a bit
05400 local voice (Harris? John Branham?) says "Yall gonna find the ivorybill woodpecker, eh? Been working out here eighteen years, I've never seen one".
Discuss efficacy of GPSs in forest, start planning who will go in which boat.
05700 ambi boat motor starts up L ch, distant voices, footsteps approach, talk of life preservers, I secure fishpole on my backpack, "this acts as a flotation jacket"
05940 "Are we going to Cannon Lake first?" "Yeah." Engines idling.
08 10040 Engine revs up, steadies, lower gain, steady engine and water wake sound for a while,
09 10240 JF and PW and CJ occasionally talk in loud voices over engine roar
10500 to 10800 good long ambi bed of boat engine and stereo wake slap water
10800 PW: there's something wrong with the motor
10 11000 pass the Army Corps project weir
11030 PW again: there's something wrong with the motor
11 11110 much lower engine rpm, puttering in to shore, distant voices CJ and JF (this may be audible on wireless tape 8:54am, but pretty far off on this tape) JF talks of Tanner coming through here in 1938, said recently cut, no good for ivorybills
11350 we jump a log in the creek by revving the boat, concussions audible
this is cypress tupelo, heading into Cannon lake.
11450 JF : This is pretty, isn't it?
11600 JF talks of Pearl River bottomland, still offmike here
11825 boat revs up, good water wake sound, then drops back, JF no flow here
12050 JF: we've gone too far¿we put in back there. Whistles to other boat, engine idles, let's get down there cause I wouldn't mind looking at the map here. Put in at the bank. This thing takes a big loop up. More ambi boat steady speed. Jf: land it right there. That's the ridge I think.
12200 approach shore, climb out of boat for first time, engine cuts, distant voices getting out of other boats, metallic bump sounds, tree limb breaks, last boat motor cuts, drivers talk about Paul's motor problems.
12 12430 slate out of boats, commotion of unloading, a bit of wind noise, start to hear underbrush sound. This is Cannon Lake, off the Pearl. JF, looking at map: where we're trying to get is right there, we don't want to head off this way. John where we at? Right here. Go half a mile due west. GPS beeps in background. Turn the map around. We put in right there. That's where we're heading, let's shoot a compass line and walk there. JB: why don't we just boat you up there? I know I can get you to here. We'll just go to the head of the lake. Roll up maps, get back in boats. Loading noise.
12920 Engine starts up in distant boat. Rustling scrapes sound, more engines. JF: I marked the mouth of the lake, my mistake.
13030 boat depart ambi, good in spots, JF that ground's easy walking. That's a thirty inch water oak. This is nice habitat in here, there's some big trees. Cypress and tupelo. Nice combination of bottomland southern woods. Close boat engine and water ambi.
13 13226 water wake splash and engine sound, close quarters narrow water passage. CJ: was this the Singer tract? No that's up in central LA. Mostly gone now. Boat idle drops. Tanner looked here in mid 30's, two sentence description: cut over, no good for ivorybills. Pulling in to shore again. JF: anywhere here is fine.
13444 our engine stops, other boats approach and stop. Get out of boat, JF: we'll follow you. Distant voices discuss how close to Bogue Chitto River we'll go. Some mike handling noise adjusting fishpole length.
13840 Start walking, Curt Filstrup (CF) voice, GPS beeps,
14 13920 CJ asks Chris Clark (CC) to describe. We're here on the southern Pearl River, looking for southern Sasquatch. No, wrong program,
14030 walking sounds, first sustained stretch, some jingle of packs, occasional twig slaps and scrapes. Wind audible in trees overhead. CC is describing ARU operation to CJ. Better on wirelss tape? Or Mini Disc? Offmike here. Started with monitoring whales.
Voices recede, bird calls and walking audible, fairly open understory, good sense of group walking for a while.
14840 JF: There's even a feather on the bottom of that hole. Like this tree? We're where we want to be. Searching for the best acoustic zone. That's a pileated hole. There's chipping and fresh wood next to hole, but it's pileated size. We know there's pileateds here, we heard one calling. Good a spot as any to put ARU 1. More walking sounds, Alison and David.
15115 Rob McCurdy (RM): We found a tree which is suitable, not a lot of leaf clutter, it's alive, older taller trees around, we're just gonna lash this thing up. Battery pack is 50 pounds, ARU is ten pounds. CC: we got the battery, we got the pop up¿guess we don't want to call these peckerups¿we use laptop to set the time on ARU, we'll give it a little test, so John you'll walk off and do the barred owl calls? We need to get this on too. Sounds of straining to tug bungees into place. Need to change gain on mike? CF: I can do it, you can take care of the next thing.
15440 RM: Chris do you have your Swiss Army Knife on you? Good old Swiss Army.
This is the microphone board I made, two inexpensive mikes and an amplifier, this is a piece of PVC pipe. The weephole in the battery case has been uncovered.
15610 sound of wingnuts tightening, with Lyndon voice in background.
15700 CC what we're gonna do is bring up the computer, the computer talks to the data storage unit, do a test, then start recording. CC: John, you brought the code, didn't you? Is it back at the hotel? (Joke.)
15809 Windows startup chime, CC groans, Lyndon asks if its 2000 or NT, NT.
RM: we're gonna do a signal test, everybody move back 100 feet. Sound of footsteps.
15 15925 slate end of tape
15935 end of tape
Subjects 5,6,7 at Location 2.

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