The State of Arkansas—which can claim title (presumably) to the only fully documented U.S. sightings of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
in the last 50 years (also see here
)—has decided not to fill a vacancy created by the departure of Catherine Rideout, one of two full-time ornithologists on the nongame staff of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
This has led some individuals to question the State’s commitment to the conservation of nongame birds
. Among her many responsibilities, Rideout had been heavily involved in the search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas.