Ivory-bill Search on "60 Minutes"

October 13, 2005

This year's news of the amazing rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, long-believed extinct, stunned birders, scientists, conservationists, and the general public around the world. The rediscovery efforts, led by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy, continue to generate headlines. That story was featured on October 16 for a national television audience on CBS TV's 60 Minutes. A summary text of that program segment, entitled Finding the "Lord God Bird", is available at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/10/13/60minutes/main940587.shtml. Video clips from the program can be viewed by going to


and entering "ivory-billed woodpecker" in the Search Videos box.

In recent months, producers from the CBS television news magazine spoke with researchers from the Lab of Ornithology and conservationists from The Nature Conservancy, investigating the sightings and following the search for the ivory-bill. Featuring the veteran TV reporter Ed Bradley, the 60 Minutes segment aired on Sunday, Oct. 16, on CBS TV stations. The news segment was shot on location in the Arkansas bayou where the ivory-bill has been sighted and in the acoustic analysis lab at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca. The show features the people of Brinkley, Ark., scientists and searchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and conservationists in Arkansas with The Nature Conservancy. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The Nature Conservancy, the nation's leading conservation group, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formed the Big Woods Conservation Partnership in an effort to further document the magnificent bird and conserve its habitat and the habitat of other wildlife in the Southeastern region.