New page! I don’t have much to say other than gosh I love drawing Ivory. And Hank. Maybe I should have just made this comic about Ozarkian bird people.
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Nooooo, bird extinction ;~;. I used to cry about ivorybills, I will die if you make a Carolina parakeet totem :c.
I feel dumb just realizing that Gabe has double wings.
If it makes you feel better, I didn’t notice til I read your comment.
Maybe when the natural species that a spirit animal derives from gets into trouble, so do they. As previous commenters have noted, there have been no confirmed sightings of the ivory-billed woodpecker in the wild for some time, and though it might not be extinct, there is a fair chance that the population is no longer viable. >:=(>
That was the first idea to cross my mind too.
The ivory-billed woodpecker is for all intents and purposes considered extinct.
A fact which makes me especially angry because breeding pairs were rediscovered and then killed several times. You would think people’d have the bleeding sense to leave the only known breeding pair of a species alone, but apparently …
So, Hank is a spirit guide, right? He’s based off a chicadee. Marshal and Ivory are also Spirit Guides based on birds. If we can assume all Spirit Guides’ transforming abilities are generally the same, why doesn’t Hank have arms in addition to his wings? I am assuming it is a midform preference, but wouldn’t it be much more useful to have hands when handling a shotgun?
Magic can sorta make end rounds past normal biology. Looks like Hank uses his magic to allow his flight feathers function like fingers in this form, which, as you said, is likely just a matter of his personal preference.
I would read a comic about Ozarkian bird people.
“… Teachin’ the boys all I know before I’m gone for good.”
“I was under the impression that spirit animals like yourself were immortal.”
Boy, way to answer a question I had about totem animals with a tearjerker, Kory!
“comic about Ozarkian bird people” <– I would totally read this, too.
so why does Hank have wing hands but Ivory have back wings and talon hands?
At a guess, personal preference and enough inherent magic that they can tell the normal laws of biology where to get off.
I don’t worry too much about this kind of thing. I still haven’t figured out Pluto and Goofy.
Funny, that’s something I wondered about too. XD
How many wings has Gabe anyway?
Since his/her 1st appearance (and in the cast pictures) looks like it’s 4 wings.
Silly monster people: Raising conservational awareness since 2013.
I’ve got buttloads of pilliated around my house, but never even knew of the ivory billed woodpecker.
Sadly the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is already considered extinct by most birders — there’s a slim chance there’s a few still living, but even if there is a surviving population it’s almost certainly no longer viable.
That doesn’t mean that bird conservation isn’t extraordinarily important — there are still thousands of definitely-living bird species who are critically endangered and under serious threat of extinction. Most parrots, for example, and many songbirds and waterbirds — even those that might seem locally common — are severely threatened by habitat loss, human invasion, and invasive species (such as housecats. feral and outdoor cats kill millions of North American songbirds yearly, they’re actually a huge problem).
birds.audubon.org/birdid/resources/endangered has a list of the birds in North America who are federally protected, but that’s by no means an exhaustive list of the species under threat.
This is kinda my Thing, I have a tendency to go off on it, whoops. Birds are important :)
Rereading this now is especially heartbreaking.