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10 The Julian News Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: Whatever became of the rediscovered Ivory-Billed Woodpecker that we thought we had lost to extinction? What other animals that we thought went extinct have "come back" from the dead? -- Betsey Edgewater, Austin, TX Whether or not the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is extinct in the Southeastern U.S. is still a matter of debate. The last conclusive evidence of the bird's existence in the U.S. dates back to 1944; most biologists presume the species didn't hang on around here much longer than that. And the last confirmed sighting of the species anywhere was in Cuba in 1986. But then in April 2004, amateur birder David Luneau captured video of what he claimed to be an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker making its rounds in the Arkansas' Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, soon thereafter sparking international interest in the story of the bird that came back from the dead. But doubters point out that the bird Luneau saw may have been a common Pileated Woodpecker, giving the similar size and coloring of the two different birds. Luneau's shaky, distant video is far from conclusive proof, and since then no one else has managed a confirmed sighting of the bird at Cache River or anywhere else in the woodpecker's traditional range. A 2016 trip to Cuba by researchers from Cornell's Lab of Ornithology looking for evidence of living Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers there likewise turned up nothing. While birders continue to hope the majestic woodpecker turns up again, no one is holding their breath. But one source of optimism for' the Ivory-Billed's return continues to be other examples of wildlife coming back from the dead. Some of the most famous "larazus taxa" ' species--the name refers to the biblical Gospel of John, in which Jesus raises his follower Lazarus from the dead--include the Coelacanth, a prehistoric fish thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago but started showing up in fishermen's hauls in the late 1930s; the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, thought to be driven to extinction on the remote Australian island by invasive rats in the 1930s only to reappear in the 1960s; and the Terror Skink of New Caledonia, presumed extinct by the 1990s but then rediscovered in 2003. Likewise, New Zealand's Takah~, a large flightless bird, was thought to be driven to extinction as a result of predation by introduced rats, cats and pigs at the end of the 20th century. But in 1948 a small population of living TakahBs was discovered near an isolated lake in a remote mountainous region. These days a population of more than 200 of the birds is holding steady in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park. Other lazarus taxa examples include Cuba's Solenodon, the Berm0da Petrel, LaDs' Rock Rat, the Canary Islands' La Palma Giant Lizard, Japan's Black Kokonee, Columbia's Painted Frog, the Bavarian Pine Vole of Europe's Alps and Indonesia's Banggai Crow. Of course, the term lazarus taxa isn't reserved just for fauna: The Mt. Diablo Buckwheat, an inconspicuous little pink flower last seen in the 1930s on the slopes of the San Francisco Bay Area's highest peak, reappeared in 2005 much to the delight of botanists. CONTACTS: Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, www.fws. gov/cacheriver/," The Cornel/Lab of Ornithology, www.birds.cornell.edu. EarthTalk is produced by Ruddy Scheer & Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www.earthtalk. org. Send questions to: question@ eerthtalk.org The only Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers we can be sure of seeing these days are scientific specimen samples, although birders are keeping hope alive that the so-called Lord God Bird will re-appear ."on the wing" somewhere in the swamps of the Southeastern U.S. Photo Credit: Billtacular, FlickrCC. Supervisors Visit continued from page 1 functionality as well. Anther area where the Supervisor has made a difference is establishing a program for those searching for quality assisted living. "Choose Well" is San Diego County's free tool to help seniors. It also helps families and their caregivers find assisted living providers who have a good track record for giving good care. With Choose Well San Diego your search is easy. And here you can learn details about more than 600 licensed assisted living settings in San Diego County including a map to their location. You will also be able to compare facilities side by side. Family Resources gives you ideas about how to solve problems: Shopping for the right assisted living placement takes time and is challenging. Family Resources makes your search easier by giving you helpful checklists you can use when visiting a facility. It also lets you understand what to expect from an assisted living provider. Supervisor Jacob also highlighted Community Grants, one for Julian to work on the High Schools Football field and track. Road repairs and improvements that will be taking place over the next year as part of a five year plan to cover the entire county road system. Once she opened the meeting to questions the subject immediately turned to the issues with JCFPD and the County Fire Authority. First the Supervisor expressed her support for the desires of the community as express through the JCFPD board. When pressed further on the consequences she went through the proceedured necessary to move the district forward should they wish to "change their minds" and pursue dissiolousion, or at least slow the process. This would require the district file an application with LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) - which we have outlined in earlier editions of the Julian News (July 19, 2017- #32- 50). Some in the audience seemed to be unaware of the option. The conversation was much the same as it always is when the topic is brought up. People circle back to the "Cedar Fire" and the heroic actions of the JCFPD, the failings (perceived or real) of CALFire and the shortcomings of not having local residents answering calls. The Supervisor did point out that part of the County's proposal included the opportunity for volunteers, who qualify, to become stipend reserves at the local station, thereby benefiting themselves financially and the Fire Authority with their knowledge of the area. She .stressed to the group that the Fire Authority has been evolving since it's inception the 2008 and today operates much differently than it had originally, which is also true for CALFire because of "lessons learned" and improvements in the technology available. Questions about the County's commitment to provide fire service were answered "the County Fire Authority is now part of the County's organizational structure on par with the Sheriff and District Attorney". "The County has invested over 400 million dollars since 2008 and the annual personnel budget currently is 35 million." It seemed when the meeting wrapped up that some in attendance had reservations about the direction the JCFPD board has charted and may push for a reevaluation of their position. It was also clear that some had not felt they had been consulted about their sentiments on the issue. The next opportunity to bring your concerns to the JCFPD board will be November 14 - lOam at their regular meeting, currently scheduled at the Womens Club. November 1, 2017 Tigger is a six year old neutered Chihuahua/Terrier Mix who weighs 161bs. This happy little guy would love to go on adventures with his new family as he's the perfect portable size. Tigger's previous owner could no longer care for him but at no fault of his own. He has matured past the rambunctious puppy stage, and happy to simply hang out with his humans. Meet Tigger by asking for ID#A1809075 Tag#C668. He can be adopted for $35. Autumn is a five year old spayed Torbie who weighs 71bs. She arrived to the shelter as a stray and deserves to have a forever family of her own. Autumn is a petite, sweet girl who likes to be petted and have her chin scratched. Meet this beautiful galby asking for .~; ID#1807841 Tag#C214. Autumn can be adopted for the Senior Fee ;:, of just $35. This fee is waived for seniors looking to adopt Senior Pets! All adoptions will include vaccinations, spaying/neutering (upon adoption), a microchip and free Vet visit. Dog fees also include a 1 year license. Autumn and Tigger are at our Central County Shelter, 5480 Gaines Street, San Diego. The Shelter hours are 9:30AM to 5:30PM, Tuesday through Sunday or visit www. sddac.com for more information. The Spats by Jeff Pickering CUSTOM HOMES DECKING DOORS & WINDOWS ELECTRICAL SERVICE HARDWOOD FLOORING GRADING PAINTING REMODELING SEPTIC SYSTEMS TILE WORK WATER SYSTEMS WELL DRILLING Electric [ T LARRY NOBLE CONSTRUCTION INC. 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