Ivory-billed Woodpeckers at the Movies
      Five films feature the iconic ivory-bill.
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 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service releases Ivory-billed Woodpecker Recovery Plan
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The Cornell Lab and its partners conducted an intensive five-year search of bottomland hardwood forests in the southeastern United States. Teams searched more than 523,000 acres in 8 states, beginning in Arkansas where there were multiple compelling sightings and a few seconds of video were captured in 2005.

Though no definitive evidence of a surviving ivory-bill population was found during the recent searches, the Cornell Lab continues to analyze search data from the past five years. In addition we remain interested in possible sightings from the public. Our scientists will return to the field to investigate any credible sightings.

Ever since Arthur Allen's pioneering expedition in 1935 to record ivory-bills in Louisiana and ground-breaking studies by Cornell graduate student James Tanner, the Cornell Lab has always been deeply interested in the ivory-bill and in the preservation of its unique forest habitat.


Prairie Lakes, Arkansas. Photo by Clark Jones.

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Follow some simple steps to let us know if you believe you've seen an ivory-bill.    

Learn more about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker at Birds of North America Online.