Experiencing the Bayou

December 2005

From December 12-14, about two-dozen media outlets have their reporters and photographers in Arkansas for an up-close, in-the-bayou experience of what it’s like to be searching for an Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Read the news release here.

Monday afternoon, December 12, the group will gather at Mallard Pointe Lodge just outside Brinkley, Arkansas, for an overview of this season’s search given by Ivory-billed Woodpecker Recovery Team partners: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and Audubon Arkansas.

On Tuesday, groups will be taken a few at a time to tour various locations in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge and Dagmar Wildlife Management Area. They’ll be able to see and learn more about the search technology being used and the efforts being made to conserve this unique habitat. Reporters will be accompanied by members of the search team as well as some of the first volunteers to arrive for their two-week stint in Arkansas.

On Wednesday, for those able to stay, there will be a longer tour in the White River National Wildlife Refuge, another focal point of the search.

Some of the media outlets plan to do longer, feature articles on the 2005-2006 search, so be on the lookout for more in the days ahead! You can also get a feel for life as an ivory-bill searcher by reading Sarah Warner’s field journal. The first installment is now posted on the web and we’ll have more accounts from Sarah and other members of our search crew in the months ahead.