The Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Ivory-billed Woodpecker photographed in 1935 Ivory-billed Woodpecker at a nest cavity. Image taken from movie footage recorded by Arthur Allen in Louisiana, 1935, and archived in Macaulay Library.

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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