The Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

From 2006–2010 the Cornell Lab and its partners conducted an intensive search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in bottomland hardwood forests in the southeastern United States.

Teams searched more than 523,000 acres in 8 states, beginning in Arkansas where multiple compelling sightings and a few seconds of video were captured in 2005. No definitive evidence of a surviving Ivory-billed Woodpecker population was found during the subsequent searches.

This page provides access to archived reports and pages from a website that reported on the search effort.

Final Reports

The project produced a series of final reports for each season and search location, available as PDF files:

In addition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosts a page about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and has published a Recovery Plan (2010) and a 5-Year Review (2019) for the species.


Browse PDF files of the full Ivory-billed Woodpecker website

Or go straight to the sections of the website that were most commonly visited:

See Also:

All About Birds species account for Ivory-billed Woodpecker

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