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August 24, 2007

Feds Propose $27MM Woodpecker Habitat Plan

Is it an earmark? I don't know. It's stupid, I know that.

US Fish and Wildlife Service proposes a $27 million dollar recovery plan to prevent the extinction of the ivory-billed woodpecker in northwest Arkansas, although whether the bird actually exists is in question.

The woodpecker was thought to be extinct when Cornell University researchers reported spotting one in 2004 in an eastern Arkansas swamp. Researchers and birders have since converged on the Cache River Wildlife Management Area hoping to spot the bird and hear its distinct double-rapping.

Twenty seven million dollars to protect the double rapper, which may or may not exist.

A representative from Fish and Wildlife presents the compelling argument thusly:

"There's enough out there that we've got to keep searching," said Jeff Fleming, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "It'd be irresponsible not to."

Irresponsible. You keep using this word, irresponsible. I do not think it means what you think it means.


Thanks to Garret, a very popular radio guy from Long Island who is stuck in Texas now. Heh.


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