Another Possible Sighting of Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

DECEMBER 15, 2006 - Posted at 3:32 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two government workers who were driving near the east Arkansas town of Cotton Plant have reported that they saw a female ivory-billed woodpecker.

The Thursday sighting is one of many reports that regularly filter into the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where researchers are still searching for the elusive bird.

On the typical day, someone somewhere reports that they've seen the rare bird, believed to be extinct until a kayaker took a brief video of one along the Cache River near Brinkley in 2004.

Now that the weather is cooler and the leaves have fallen, researchers are fanning out in the Big Woods area to resume the search for the bird.

Connie Bruce, a spokeswoman for Cornell University's ivory-billed woodpecker project, says there is no new evidence of the rare bird's existence.  But Bruce says the search is on and everyone is eager to document another sighting.

Researchers say they need photographs to confirm further sightings of the bird.

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