Archive for: April, 2005

Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Streaming Video!

Apr 30 2005 Published by under Uncategorized

Here is a link to a wonderful streaming news report about the ivory-billed woodpecker sighting from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. It contains interviews with several of the team members and shows video footage from 1930 as well as the new video footage of the ivory-billed woodpecker. You need quicktime to view this report (link to free download provided).

I cannot view this video clip because I use a Mac computer. However, a friend tells me this video clip of the ivory-billed woodpecker is very good. It is hosted by National Geographic News and requires Windows Media Player to view.

The significance of the ivory-billed woodpecker, as reported by National Public Radio. This is from yesterday's Morning Edition show.

The Earth Observatory has a satellite photo from NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Habitat and a story that are very interesting.

This is a nice species account about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker by Jerome Jackson, woodpecker expert and author of the book, In Search of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Links to two of John Tanner's 1935 black-and-white photographs of the ivory-billed woodpecker, published by Dover Publications. This link also includes two drawings that you will find very interesting. The first drawing shows the differences between ivory-billed woodpeckers and pileated woodpeckers, which amateur birders sometimes confuse as ivory-billed woodpeckers. The second drawing is a lovely and detailed map of the historic range of these birds, documenting the decline of their populations over the decades.

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Birds In The News #9: Day of Redemption

Apr 29 2005 Published by under Uncategorized

Even if you live in the White House, you are well aware that the Lord God, in all his glory, appeared recently in a swamp in Arkansas to several people, some of whom even caught him on video! The most astounding news of all? God is a Bird, locally known as the "Lord God Bird".

For more information about these amazing sightings of the "extinct" ivory-billed woodpecker, see my plethora (eight total) of blog entries from yesterday, entries that include exclusive confidential emails from several of the observers, also photographs, paintings, video clips, maps and links to several dozen radio, television and newspaper clips. To read any or all of this material, click on any of the top eight titles in the sidebar, on left.

In other news linked from today's issue of Birds in the News, my "peeps" and I found several interesting stories for your reading pleasure. These stories include articles about how songbirds are teaching us more about ourselves by helping us understand learning and memory. Another story shows how birds continue their valuable role as "canaries in the coal mine", but with regards to warning us about environmental pesticides that were thought to be long gone.

Additionally, a reader found a film trailer for a documentary film about parrots in San Francisco that I share with you here, I link to more exciting news about the five kakapo chicks of New Zealand, and to an interesting story about a "bird landlord" in rural Wisconsin. Of course, I cannot neglect to mention some conservation news where construction of a hotel is threatening to wipe out a significant proportion of an already endangered species of thrasher from its island paradise.

And last but certainly not least, is the featured reader photoblog, a stunning photograph of migrating sandhill cranes, Grus canadensis, which are close relatives to the endangered (but recovering) whooping cranes, Grus americana.

I hope you enjoy! If you have an interesting link that you'd like to share, or if you have taken a bird photograph that you wish to share with my readers, send it to me and I'll add it to next week's edition of Birds in the News.

Birds in Science:

One of my most favorite topics is birdsong (indeed, birdsong was so attractive that this research field lured me from cancer research into avian research). Bird song is the main model system for understanding learning and memory; how learning occurs, how memories are formed and how they function to produce a complex behavior such as birdsong. Basically, we know that distinct neural pathways are involved in song learning and memory, but the details remain mysterious. In these articles, scientists reveal that they have taken a major step forward in understanding one previously unknown step in the learning pathway that is common to humans and birds; understanding how the "playful variability in the little bird's babble" arose in the first place (read original press release here).

One of Florida's largest lakes, Lake Apopka, is teaming with bird species. In fact, "This lake has more species than any Florida lake I've ever been to," says scientist Lee Walton of Biological Research Associates in Tampa. "And we go to a lot of lakes." But does a large population of bird species signify that the lake and its surrounding ecosystem are healthy? After a huge bird die off in 1998 that was probably due to pesticide exposure, scientists wondered the same thing. To answer this question, they began testing bird eggs, looking for pesticides. This story shows that they found evidence of DDT in a significant proportion of eggs tested, which should serve as a warning that people should be more careful of what they put into the environment, especially because pesticides are toxic to humans, too. "We didn't expect that things would take so long to leave the environment," Walton concludes. [requires free registration]

People hurting Birds:

As a primary example that people, Homo hubris, are slow learners that stubbornly persist in their selfish and destructive behavior, a hotel and residential estate development on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia threatens almost a quarter of the world's total population of the white-breasted thrasher, Ramphocinclus brachyurus, an already endangered species. Astonishingly, a preliminary study carried out by an US company found no endangered species in the proposed development area even though it is well-documented that 138 breeding pairs of white-breasted thrashers – approximately 22% of the world population – are known to live and breed in this particular area slated for destruction.

People helping Birds:

The good news from New Zealand continues; the Department of Conservation's Kakapo Team are watching over five rare kakapo chicks, Strigops habroptilus, on Codfish Island/Whenua Hou off the bottom tip of New Zealand. The kakapo is a large, flightless nocturnal parrot that looks like a green owl and nests in burrows. This species nearly became extinct because rats and other introduced predators killed and ate their eggs, chicks and incubating hens. This story includes several cute pictures of the endangered parrots and their chicks, too.

What, you ask, is a "bird landlord"?? Well, meet Bird Landlord Duane Zabel of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, who tells you about his job maintaining 108 bird houses. His desired tenants? Eastern bluebirds, although he ends up providing housing for other native avian species as well, primarily tree swallows along with some wrens and chickadees. There are three species of bluebirds in North America. They are insectivorous birds and therefore are a valuable control for insect populations. The introduced English sparrow has displaced bluebirds throughout much of its range by out-competing them for nesting spaces. Bird landlords, as Zabel describes in this article, are helping to increase bluebird populations throughout the United States, where they once were more common, by providing nest boxes to them.

How much does it cost to protect an endangered species? In this short newsbrief, the US Fish and Wildlife Agency estimates the cost of protecting the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher, Empidonax traillii extimus, will be between $29.2 million to $39.5 million per year.

Birds and Entertainment:

Birdwatching is no longer an activity solely reserved for lonely little blue-haired ladies. There are several rapidly growing bird watching activities known as "listing" or "twitching" and occasionally as "extreme birding", that are sweeping the country. Further, birdwatching is a social and competitive event, too. In one such popular competitive team event known as the "Big Day", a team of four bird watchers seek out and list as many bird species as they can possibly see in a 24-hour time period. This past Wednesday, a team in Los Angeles significantly surpassed the old LA county record of 182 species for a "big day", as this article reveals; Bird-watchers feather nest with record.

It's true that I have a passion for parro
ts (and all birds), but like many people, I am reluctant to waste my hard-earned money on a silly films because, well, I have taste (and I am also broke). But even those people who don't have the level of passion that I have for birds report that they enjoyed the documentary film, Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. After I saw this trailer for the film, I agree that this is a charming little must-see film. Tell me if you also agree!

Reader Photoblog:

This week's reader photoblog entry comes from amateur photographer and birder, Steve Taylor in Washington State, who recently took this spectacular photograph of migrating sandhill cranes.

Steve writes: The official start of Spring for my wife and me is our annual trip to central Washington State to see the migrating Sandhill Cranes.

Seeing these magnificent birds gives us both a sense of beginning and also a sense of timelessness. Beginning because the migration signals the beginning of the breeding cycle and timelessness because Cranes have been migrating like this for thousands, perhaps millions, of years.

The cranes have their own rituals. As part of their annual migration, they stop for around a month to rest and gain weight for the remainder of their flight. Within this rest period, they have daily rituals as well. Every morning they move from their roosting site to a nearby corn field where they feed for several hours. After feeding, they move to a day roost. In the late afternoon they repeat the cycle, going to feed and then flying to a night roost. Finding a vantage point to watch these daily flights is a priority for us and every year is different because the location of the corn fields changes.

This year, the birds were spending their days in an area known as Corfu in Grant County, Washington. There were excellent views of their daily movements from a road known as C southeast. C southeast sits on a gradual upslope about a mile and a half from Lower Crab Creek which was the day roost for a large number of Cranes this year. Beyond Lower Crab Creek, the land rises sharply to the Saddle Mountains. This geography combined with a 300mm lens and a 2x doubler gave me the opportunity to shoot some pictures as if I were flying above the Cranes. The late afternoon light was the final ingredient needed to produce the picture you see here.

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Ivory-Billed Woodpecker: The Latest News

Apr 28 2005 Published by under Uncategorized

Cornell's Laboratory of Ornithology's webpage is stuffed with wonderful links about the Ivory-billed woodpecker. It includes links to the video press release, original footage from the 1935 expedition (Quicktime is essential for viewing these), photogalleries, information about previous searches for this elusive bird, sound files and lots more!

The Big Wood website, where the Ivory-billed woodpecker was rediscovered. It also is packed with lots of links and photogalleries about this bird.

Discovery Channel's story about the video that captured the Ivory-billed Woodpecker as he tried to evade detection by David Luneau, a professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

There is speculation that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker might still live in Florida.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service says they may have more surprises (but maybe not pleasant ones, like the Ivory-billed Woodpecker) if their Refuge System funding crisis is not alleviated soon.

Once-thought Extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Rediscovered in Arkansas; Federal Government, Partners Form Rapid Response Partnership to Support Recovery of Bird [US NewsWire Service]

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Another Email from a Search Participant

Apr 28 2005 Published by under Uncategorized

This email was sent to PABIRDS@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG at 826 am, by Scott Weidensaul, a nature writer who also participated in the "Ivory-billed Woodpecker search party".

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I was going to wait until after noon today (when a press conference is going to be held in D.C. on the subject) to post anything about this, but with the NPR broadcast following several days of email chatter on the Web, I guess the cat is out of the bag: The ivory-billed woodpecker has indeed been rediscovered in the vast bottomland forests of eastern Arkansas, an area known as the Big Woods that includes Cache River and White River NWRs.

Unlike the 1999 report from the Pearl River in Louisiana, which was never confirmed despite several attempts, this time the search team, a cooperative effort of the Nature Conservancy [TNC] and Cornell's Lab of Ornithology, has documented the presence of at least one male ivorybill, thanks to multiple sightings, videos and audio recordings. The Lord God bird lives.

I was incredibly privileged to have been quietly invited last winter to join the search team for a week in order to write an article announcing the find for TNC's magazine. More than 60 people were in the field for 15 months, operating under such strict secrecy that in many cases, their own families didn't know what they were doing. The secrecy was in part to protect the bird while documentation was gathered and management plans were being crafted, and in part to give TNC time to buy up land to further safeguard the ivorybill. In that short time, the conservancy spent more than $10 million on land acquisition in the Big Woods.

The area in question is in the Mississippi delta, forming a corridor of swamp forest 15 miles wide and 130 miles long -- big, deep, and difficult to penetrate except by canoe (and even then, you'd better know how to use a GPS). Over the past 20 years, TNC and others have protected more than 120,000 acres there, bringing to more than half a million acres land that's in conservation protection, largely within the two national wildlife refuges and state wildlife land. It's been a largely unknown conservation success story, and this news is an incredible validation of that work. TNC has plans to buy and restore an additional 200,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest there, including land that was cleared for soybeans in the '70s and '80s and will be reforested. Things should only get better for the ivorybill. In fact, things have probably been getting steadily better for decades, as the once-cut forests of the South have recovered.

Later today, there will be a lot of information about the events in Arkansas posted at two web sites: ivorybill.org, and on the web site of the journal Science, which is publishing an article documenting the sighting, including a frame-by-frame analysis of the video SciencExpress.

In a nutshell, the initial sighting came in February 2004, when a Hot Springs kayaker named Gene Sparling was exploring a remote part of the Big Woods, and had a close, unmistakable encounter with a male ivorybill. Gene, a birder and experienced outdoorsman, understood the significance of what he'd seen. Two weeks late, Gene escorted Tim Gallagher, editor of Cornell's Living Bird magazine, and Alabama photography professor (and longtime ivorybill hunter) Bobby Harrison to the same area, where Gallagher and Harrison both saw the bird. Cornell and the Arkansas chapter of TNC were informed, and immediately launched one of the most intensive wildlife searches I've ever encountered, all while keeping it almost completely secret. The plan was to announce the findings next month, coinciding with the publication of the magazine article, but someone blabbed over the weekend, and as the ripples started spreading, the decision was made to announce today at the Department of the Interior.

The sightings were all of a single bird, always a male (though there was one undocumented sighting of a possible female). It appears the search team was not operating near the bird's normal home range, since the sightings averaged only about one per month; this is a huge area, and there's lots of room for even a duck-sized woodpecker to disappear. No one thinks it likely that this bird is the very last of its kind, so it's likely there are more out there in the huge Big Woods region, or in other bottomland forests along the Mississippi Delta.

Interestingly, in contrast to the noisy, fairly tame behavior Jim Tanner recorded for the species in Louisiana in the 1930s, this bird has proven incredibly shy and wary, always vanishing at the first hint of a human. Many people -- and I include myself in this -- had long assumed that if ivorybills survived in the U.S., someone would have found and documented them decades ago. The fact that so many people, backed up with technology like automated recording devices and cameras, had such a hard time getting documentation in the Big Woods, suggests we've been underestimating the difficulty of finding this species. The "intensive" Pearl River search, for example, involved six people for 30 days; most times that a sighting has been followed up, it's been someone in a canoe poking around for a day or two at most. One lesson from the Big Woods is that we cannot easily dismiss any of the reports elsewhere in the species' historic range, especially those in South Carolina and Florida which have been persistent for many years. I know scientists are following up on some of those reports even as the news is trumpeted from Arkansas. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.

This is one of the most hopeful stories I've ever had the privilege to report on, and it comes at a time when conservationists need some good news. It shows how incredibly resilient nature can be if we give it a chance. And it's a second chance that, frankly, America probably doesn't deserve, given our treatment of Southern forests.

My part in this was very small and very secondary, as much as I treasure the opportunity. I want to close this by expressing my gratitude and admiration for the folks who pulled this off in an incredibly professional, collegial manner, including Arkansas TNC director Scott Simon; John Fitzpatrick and Ron Rohrbaugh at Cornell; and Gene Sparling and Prof. David Luneau.

The ivorybill lives. It makes the sunshine just a little sweeter, doesn't it?

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, Pa.

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Another Confidential-No-More email Message

Apr 28 2005 Published by under Uncategorized

Thanks to D. Rintoul, another colleague of mine, for sharing this no-longer confidential email with me. This email is from Timothy Barksdale, who was the lead cinematographer for the "Ivory-billed Woodpecker search party".

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Hello Folks,

It has been a very long year in Arkansas. I can tell you that I have been signed to a confidentiality agreement that suddenly I am being released from.

I am sorry to have been at least a little bit quieter over this last year and many of you may have noticed that I have not been as communicative as normal. I felt I needed to avoid many of you due to the sensitive nature of my work in Arkansas. Too many questions and I would have felt horrible about deflecting and avoiding them.

On Thursday, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The Nature Conservancy and a bunch of johnny-come-lately's will be announcing in Washington DC that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker has been rediscovered in Arkansas. I was assigned to this project to act as lead cinematographer. Over 50 searchers participated. Cornell was the leader in selecting whom they wanted to participate. We have heard leaks and rumors at times, but have been able to down play this effectively until now. A major leak has developed in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and many e-mails have gone out within the last 24 hours. We have not seen many items on the websites but I am hearing claims that there are. [five nonsense words elided by GrrlScientist]

We had planned an orderly announcement to be on May 18th and all of us were to begin calling friends and family on the 16th or 17th. The press conference has also suddenly been moved to Washington DC so that....

Gail Norton-protoge of James Watt (perhaps the worst Secretary of the Interior ever) can appear as the Bush administration flunky. She has basically bought her way on to the stage by suddenly offering 60 million in funds to buy land.

I am on my way back to Montana pulling my trailer and will be very interested to see how this is handled.

Obviously, I have many more stories about the long ordeal, the difficulty of locating Ivory-bills and opinions on this final saga.

Long Live the Ivory-bill!

Hope this makes your day!

All my best,

Tim

Timothy R. Barksdale
Birdman Productions L.L.C.
P.O. Box 1124
65 Mountain View Dr.
Choteau, MT 59422

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Ivory-billed Woodpecker News: Confidential No More

Apr 28 2005 Published by under Uncategorized

Email forwarded to me by a colleague, R. Moyle, for your reading pleasure. This is an email from Van Remsen, Curator of Birds and an Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science. He was one of the participants in the "Ivory-billed Woodpecker search party".

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CONFIDENTIAL -- please do not forward this email until Thursday afternoon.

So that you hear it from ME and not from your TV screen ... Tomorrow at noon, there will be a national press conference at Dept. of Interior in Washington DC to announce that we have confirmation that at least one Ivory-billed Woodpecker still lives.

I have been part of a clandestine team over the last 7+ months that has attempted to obtain tangible evidence of the existence of this bird in the Cache River/White River area of SE Arkansas, following a reliable sighting last February. The team has been lead by Arkansas Nature Conservancy people and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and they will be the headliners in DC. Watch the evening news tomorrow (Thursday). Our technical paper will be published online by Science Thursday, and the print version should be out in a few weeks (including a cover).

I agreed to keep this a secret from everyone. I apologize for the secrecy -- I feel bad about not being able to let any of you know about it -- but I know you'll understand. Our search team has decided to let selected groups of people (like you) know the basics before you hear it from media.

We were originally planning the press conference for 5/18, but the word got out within a week after we divulged our evidence to state and federal wildlife agencies last week.

Bottomline:

-- no, we do not have a nest or reliable way to see IBWOs, yet.

-- yes, we have tangible evidence -- a lousy, blurry, but indisputable video clip that will be available on the web, possibly Thursday.

-- despite many thousands of hours of systematic searching and deployment of dozens of Autonomous Recording Units, we have only a few reliable glimpses, and, on tape, some double-raps and some 'kent' calls. The bird (no evidence for more than one) is incredibly wary, mostly silent, and uses the core search area only a couple of days every couple of months, as best as we can tell. It has mostly eluded a core of experienced field people. No surprise, then, that I had no luck either.

-- by tomorrow, our web site on all this will be available, including directions on access points if anyone wants to try their luck.
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Van Remsen
najames@LSU.edu
LSU Museum of Natural Science
Foster Hall 119, LSU
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Evidence

Apr 28 2005 Published by under Uncategorized

Photograph of A MODEL (NOT THE LIVE BIRD*) of an adult male published by Science magazine (right, arrow). This model was used for video comparisons (There are more linked pictures in my blog entries below, for comparison).

Video clip of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker flying through the trees away from a man in a boat (you also get a great view of his left hand and knees). If that link is too clogged up to download, you can try this link instead.You need Quicktime to view this video.

The abstract from the Science article.

A supplement to Science magazine.

The pdf of the original Science article.

Long Thought Extinct, Ivory-billed Woodpecker Rediscovered In Big Woods Of Arkansas [ScienceDaily News]

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* many thanks to a colleague of mine, R. Moyle, for pointing out that this bird is a model used for video comparison purposes and is not the real thing. Incidentally, all the news services have this WRONG, and list this as a photo of the live bird.

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Celebrate Woodpeckers!

Apr 28 2005 Published by under Uncategorized

The ivory-billed woodpecker lives from the Arkansas Times, featuring a beautiful, life-like painting of a male Ivory-billed Woodpecker and a long excerpt from Science Magazine's article.

Ivory-billed Woodpecker Discovery cause for Celebration, Conservationists say [Environmental Media Services].

Ivory Billed Woodpecker, Feared Extinct, Isn't. [ABC News]

Has anyone noted that George Bush is holding his first news conference of his new administration tonight in his effort to increase his admistration's wanton destruction and pillaging of this country's natural resources? What do you suppose he will say about this bird, who is a victim of unsustainable use of our natural resources? We shall see tonight at 830 pm EST.

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Woodpeckers WorldWide!

Apr 28 2005 Published by under Uncategorized

They are talking about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in India, in Germany, in Canada and in the United Kingdom! [the UK article is from the NewScientist, not from the general press]

There will be a press conference about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker rediscovery at NOON today. Also, the leading journal, Science, will update their website at noon today (why not earlier? Don't they know I have an interview this afternoon??). Original video clips of the bird will also be available on the web, sometime after noon today.

I was surprised it took the press so long to use Frank Gill's quote (see blog entry below) as part of a headline, but it finally happened; 'Elvis' of woodpeckers sighted after 60 years. This MSNBC News story includes another painting of a pair of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in their natural habitat.

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Holy Grail/Holy Bird

Apr 28 2005 Published by under Uncategorized

This morning, I awoke, as usual, to National Public Radio (NPR) telling the news of the world. Except, this morning, the world was a different place than it was yesterday because NPR reported that the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, which was thought by most to be extinct, had been rediscovered. This individual, an adult male, was seen and video-taped in the deep forest of bottomland hardwoods between Little Rock, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee.

"The bird captured on video is clearly an ivory-billed woodpecker. Amazingly, America may have another chance to protect the future of this spectacular bird and the awesome forests in which it lives," John W. Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, said in a statement.

The Ivory-billed woodpecker, Campephilus principalis, is one of the largest woodpecker species in the world. It lives in old growth hardwood forests of the Mississippi Basin in the southern United States, and also on the island of Cuba. It was declared extinct in 1996 in the United States, after the last documented sighting of an adult female in 1944. It takes a long time before conservationists declare any species extinct because they do not want to give up trying to save an endangered species too soon.

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is one of six North American bird species assumed to have gone extinct since 1880. The others are Labrador Duck, Camptorhynchus labradorius; Eskimo Curlew, Numenius borealis; Carolina Parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis; Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius; and Bachman's Warbler, Vermivora bachmanii.

"This is huge. Just huge," said Frank Gill, senior ornithologist at the Audubon Society. "It is kind of like finding Elvis."

The Nature Conservancy, which has protected a large segment of land in the area, reported that the first sighting came on Feb. 11, 2004, by George Sparling of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

I am joyful beyond words. The world is a better, richer, more magical place. Knowing that this magnificent bird lives still, despite all the terrible things that we have done to them, provides a glimmer of hope that not all is lost.

Click on this image of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker's historic range (right) to see a larger version in its own window. Also, some information about this habitat from the Nature Conservancy, which has been purchasing and protecting this area for many decades.

A photograph of a juvenile Ivory-billed Woodpecker, taken by James T. Tanner, who was an expert on ivory-billed woodpeckers.

More information (will be updated as the day goes on, earlier stories appear lower down the page and later stories are at the top);

Long thought extinct, ivory-billed woodpecker rediscovered in Big Woods of Arkansas [Eurekalert from a joint press release from Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the Nature Conservancy]

Report: 'Extinct' bird sighted in Louisiana [Associated Press/WFAA News, Dalla-Fort Worth]

Woodpecker Thought Extinct Rediscovered [Associated Press, in San Francisco Chronicle]

Woodpecker Thought Extinct Rediscovered [LA Times]

It's confirmed: Ivory-billed woodpecker isn't extinct after all [Reuters News Service]

Woodpecker Thought Extinct Rediscovered [ABC News]

Woodpecker Thought Extinct Rediscovered [Washington Post News]

Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Scientists, Partners to Announce Dramatic Discovery Related to Species Conservation [US Newswire]

Woodpecker 'rediscovery' sets birders all atwitter [AZ Central.com]

Rare woodpecker found in Arkansas [Seattle Times]

Ivory-billed Woodpecker refound in USA [BirdLife International]

Birders all atwitter over report of ivory-bills [Star Tribune] (you have to sign in for this story)

'Extinct' Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Found in Arkansas [Reuters News]

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is Rediscovered in Arkansas! [personal account by one of the original observers]

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