Partners supporting our ongoing search
We are developing a partnership with Nokuse Plantation Inc. founded by Mr. M. C. Davis and directed by Dr. Matthew Aresco. Nokuse Plantation is the largest privately-owned conservation property in the eastern United States created with the goal of forming a corridor between Elgin Air Force Base, the largest stand of old growth long-leaf pine in the world, with the Choctawhatchee River Basin, one of the largest bottomland hardwood forests in the south. To date, over 50,000 acres of land have been acquired and are being restored to a natural condition. Much of the land protected by Nokuse is directly contiguous with bottomland hardwood forests along the Choctawhatchee River which are potential habitat for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers. Nokuse is a sponsor of our 2006/2007 ivorybill search and they will be a key partner in preserving Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in this part of the south once the search phase has ended.
Pelee Island Winery
Pelee Island Winery is helping to support the bioacoustic search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the coming year. Pelee Island Winery produces exceptional wine in southern Ontario. With vinyards located along an important flyway for migratory birds, Pelee Island Winery has a longstanding commitment to widlife and many of its wines feature beautiful portraits of North American wildlife.
The Northwest Florida Water Management District purchased and preserved the land on which we discovered Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and on which we are now conducting our follow-up searches. Besides extensive logistical support, NWFWMD is providing financial support for our follow-up search for ivorybills.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulates all wildlife related activities on Florida state lands in the Choctawhatchee River basin and are a key collaborator in the effort to produce definitive evidence that ivorybills exist. FFWCC is also providing financial support for our follow-up search for ivorybills.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working with us to be sure that we are in conpliance with all endangered species laws as we search for ivorybills. USFWS is also providing financial support for our follow-up search for ivorybills.
University of Windsor
The University of Windsor provided Daniel Mennill with a start-up grant when he joined the faculty in January of 2005. This start-up grant was instrumental in developing the Mennill Sound Analysis Laboratory.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
NSERC provided Daniel Mennill with a Special Research Opportunities grant to conduct the bioacoustic survey on the Choctawhatchee River in 2005/2006.
Marantz Professional Canada will support the upcoming search by providing Marantz units that are a critical part of our Listening Stations. Marantz manufactures the PMD series solid state digital recorders. These recorders have been instrumental in recording the putative kent calls and double knocks of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
On Thursday March 22, 2007, I was a guest at a combined meeting of The Richmond Hill Naturalists and The West Humber Field Naturalists at the Kortwright Center for Conservation near Toronto. With the support of Ontario's Trillium Foundation, these two naturalist groups made a substantial donation to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker search in lieu of an honorarium.
The online French ornithological website Ornithomedia is a supporting partner in our upcoming search.
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