Search for Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Resumes in Big Woods

DECEMBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 11:37 a.m. CST

BRINKLEY, AR - Researchers will once again be in the Big Woods of east Arkansas to resume their search for the ivory-billed woodpecker.

A Hot Springs man captured a brief video of the bird in 2004, though some experts have said the grainy image isn't proof enough that the bird exists.  The ivory-billed woodpecker hadn't been seen in 60 years and was thought extinct.

Cornell University and the Nature Conservancy are supplying five experts to search the swamp for the bird.  They will be aided by a variety of high-tech gear, including global positioning systems.  The team will rely on help from volunteers, as well.

Researchers will not only be in Arkansas.  Cornell spokeswoman Connie Bruce says 18 locations in the Southeast will be searched in hope of finding the bird.  Bruce says the activity in Arkansas has inspired people elsewhere in the bird's former range to try to find the woodpecker.

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