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$50,000 Reward For Locating Live Ivory-billed Woodpecker

04/03/2009 00:00:00 news/2009_jan/ivory_bill_reward_50000

The Nature Conservancy – a private, non-profit conservation organization, has increased the reward for finding an Ivory-billed woodpecker to $50,000 for information that leads a Conservancy or Game and Fish biologist to an Ivory-billed Woodpecker nest, roost cavity, or feeding site in Arkansas.

After several winters of intensive searching, researchers have covered less than half of the 550,000-acre Big Woods region, which is considered potential Ivory-billed Woodpecker habitat. This reward provides an incentive to the people of eastern Arkansas, who have the best knowledge of their woods and bayous, to document what they see.

To report your Ivory-billed Woodpecker observation, evidence and location, contact Allan Mueller of The Nature Conservancy by phone at (501) 614-5092 or by e-mail at 

To learn more about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, see below. 

Conditions of the reward

  • Because of the anticipated high response, biologists will only be able to follow up on those reports substantiated with an original photograph or sound recording of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, or other evidence considered substantive by the biologists.
  • Such evidence must be obtained without harassment of the woodpecker.


  • To collect the reward, you must be the first individual to lead a biologist to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker site, and the biologist must be able to take a good quality photo or video of a living Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
  • The Nature Conservancy and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission place great value on private landowner rights and will investigate private lands reports only where adequate permission has been obtained.


Ivory-billed woodpecker ID chart. © Nature Conservancy.

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