A group of wildlife scientists believe the ivory-billed woodpecker is not extinct. They say they have made seven firm sightings of the bird in central Arkansas. Ivory-Billed Woodpecker sightings in eastern Arkansas in 2004 led to its rediscovery in the area. Visit Arkansas for a chance to see this rare bird! For impassioned birders and informal wildlife enthusiasts alike, the wonder at the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker 11 years ago was akin to hearing that a mermaid had swum to shore in southern California, or that a living unicorn had emerged from a Scandinavian forest.
The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) is a bird species that has reached legendary status. Although officially classified as definitely or probably extinct, these woodpeckers continue to generate both reports of sightings and intensive research on their existence. Long believed to be extinct, the ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) was rediscovered in the Big Woods of east Arkansas in 2004. BRINKLEY, Ark. – Long believed to be extinct, a magnificent bird – the ivory-billed woodpecker – has been rediscovered in the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas.
The active search for the long-lost bird of science and myth — the ivory-billed woodpecker — is officially ending. At least it is for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Ivory-billed Woodpeckers were last confirmed in 1944 in Louisiana and in 1986 in Cuba. In the wake of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker rediscovery, a plea for conservation of the world’s other declining species. Long believed to be extinct, a magnificent bird – the ivory-billed woodpecker – has been rediscovered in the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas.
The Ivory Billed Woodpecker
Since the last confirmed record of Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the US (1944 in Louisiana) there have been many claims of rediscovery. The most recent began with the public announcement in April 2005 that one bird had been seen and videotaped in Arkansas. A rediscovery and conservation project to keep this very rare bird from extinction. Includes description of the habitat and last sightings. Learn how to identify Ivory-billed Woodpecker, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. Tim Gallagher, author of The Grail Bird, The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and Imperial Dreams: Searching For the Imperial Woodpecker in the Wild Sierra Madre, was one of two people who gave the initial first-hand reports of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker in a muddy bayou in Arkansas in 2004. Evidence for the rediscovery comes in the form of seven sightings, a short poor-quality video, over 100 sound recordings indicative of this species from automatic recording stations, and a number of additional possible encounters (Charif et al. Ivory-billed Woodpecker supposed rediscovery: science or politics? The last confirmed sighting of an ivory-billed woodpecker in Cuba was in 1987. The only known negative impact of ivory-billed woodpeckers on humans results from their protected status: 5,000 acres of land surrounding the locality where ivory-billed woodpeckers were rediscovered have been closed to hunting and fishing, and locals fear that more will follow.
Ivory-billed Woodpecker Search Ends
Scientists say a rare ivory-billed woodpecker thought to be extinct has been found in a remote nature reserve in Arkansas. The sighting was kept secret for. As for the current situation, it remains to be seen how the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker will influence government policy and public opinion. Female Ivory-billed Woodpecker at nest hole. A remote bayou in eastern Arkansas entered the national spotlight last April after the ivory-billed woodpecker, believed extinct since the 1930’s, was reportedly rediscovered there. For its roughly 10,000 residents, the reported rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker fired hopes of an economic turnaround not seen since the soybean boom of the 1970s.
Critique of the false claim that the extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker has been rediscovered and the diversion of conservation funding to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker hoax.