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The search for the Ivory-billed woodpecker goes on.

27/06/2006 00:00:00

Ivory-billed woodpecker news




Following the possible rediscovery of the Ivory-billed woodpecker, the holy grail of American birding, in 2004, and a proposed funding of over $2m to help with the search, no further traces have been found. All winter over 100 researchers and volunteers spent many thousands of hours searching the Arkansas "Big Woods", and although there were several possible sightings, none could be confirmed.

It is proposed that next year the search continues in other southern US states and possibly Cuba.

The bird historically has preferred expansive areas of mature riverine or swamp forests with embedded patches of large dead and dying trees. Because of the scarcity of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, much remains to be learned about this bird. Scientists do know, however, that its diet is largely dependent upon wood-boring beetle larvae found in recently dead and dying trees, although it is known to feed on other arthropods and vegetation during certain times of the year. A judge in the US has ordered a halt to a US army engineering scheme that would have taken billions of gallons of water from the swapms where the Ivory-billed woodpecker is thought to be clinging on. More. $10,000 reward for Ivory-Billed woodpecker proof. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads a biologist from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission or The Nature Conservancy to an ivory-billed woodpecker nest, roost cavity or feeding site in Arkansas. Get your Binocs out!

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