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New Web Site for Woodpecker

June 16, 2005-- Posted at 11:37 p.m. CDT

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) _ So many people think they have seen the rediscovered Ivory-billed Woodpecker that researchers at Cornell University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have set up a Web site and e-mail address to handle sighting reports. Researchers are encouraging the public to check over the Web site to make sure they're identifying the correct bird. That's because the ivory-billed woodpecker looks very similar to the more common pileated woodpecker. In April, scientists announced that the woodpecker had been rediscovered in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. Scientists at Cornell say they're getting reports of the bird from Michigan to Maine, well outside of its range. Scientists have received more than 1000 e-mails and hundreds of phone calls from people who think they have seen the ivory-billed woodpecker.  Experts said about 99.9% of which are likely erroneous. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also has established an e-mail address for the public  www.ivorybillfws.gov.

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