Ivory-billed Woodpecker Celebration

January 23, 2006
Contact: Sandra Kemmer
Brinkley Chamber of Commerce
(870) 734-2262                                                            
Date:  January 23, 2006
brinkleyc@futura.net                                                      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ivory-billed Woodpecker Celebration

Three-day event draws bird enthusiasts to Brinkley, Arkansas

Brinkey, AR, January 2006–-"The Call of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Celebration" is being held at the Brinkley Convention Center February 23, 24, and 25. The public is invited to attend and celebrate the rediscovery of this magnificent bird.

Presentations will be offered by those who have actually seen the ivory-bill, including Gene Sparling, Tim Gallagher, David Luneau, and Bobby Harrison. Leaders of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Recovery Team from Audubon Arkansas, The Nature Conservancy, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will be speaking. Visitors may attend talks by representatives of optics firms Leica, Eagle Optics, and Zeiss, as well by Pete Dunne from the Cape May Bird Observatory in New Jersey, wildlife photographer Marie Read, and others. The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will also present programs and be aiding participants throughout the celebration.

Visitors may take a guided bird watching tour in the bayou, browse the vendor expo, attend book signings, and enjoy a delicious southern fish-fry with music at the celebration dinner on Friday evening. A complete itinerary with times and fees is listed on the celebration‚s web site: www.ibwocelebration.org. Interested individuals may register online or call the Brinkley Chamber of Commerce at (870) 734-2262, e-mail brinkleyc@futura.net. Space for the event is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Note: Alternate contact is Lisa Boyd at (870) 734-5001, theivorybillnest@sbcglobal.net.