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.
The project produced a series of final reports for each season and search location, available as PDF files:
- 2006 Arkansas final report
- 2007 Arkansas final report and appendices
- 2008 Louisiana final report
- 2008 Florida final report
- 2009 Florida final report
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:
- Evidence & Analysis
- About the Ivory-bill
- Ivory-bill Acoustics
- Photo Gallery
- Identifying and Reporting an Ivory-billed Woodpecker
- Search Seasons
- Final Reports
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