Ivory-billed Woodpecker rediscovery in Arkansas and my conviction the blue parakeet pdf it is important to conserve the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas and other natural areas of our world. I began searching in Arkansas in 2003, the year before the initial sighting by Gene Sparling.

After Gene’s sighting, I spent many hours in the swamp and captured a video of the bird in April 2004. My interest and involvement continues, and this website is my way of sharing it with you. You can read more about my searching on the Search History page. Big Woods Bird: An Ivory-bill Story, the first children’s book on the subject of searching for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers. We use the book to talk to children about the importance of conservation and to try to inspire them to learn more about birds and the natural world around them. The refuge will be acquiring 978 acres of land using funds from the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission.

Some partners that provided matching funding are the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, the Canale family, and Darby’s Warrior Support. Jerry Butler wrote a feature article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that ran in the April 27 edition, but that was the only article I have seen lately. April 25, 2014 marks ten years since I took my video along Bayou De View in eastern Arkansas. I had planned to go to the bayou to commemorate the event, but didn’t make it there. Instead, I just gave thanks for all of the wonderful people I met through the search for the Ivory-bill and for all of their hard work in trying to find a breeding population of these birds. Many are still out there searching, and I wish them all the best.

Happy anniversary to Gene and to all who have been inspired by the persistence of this bird. An interesting wireless camera, disguised as a Rockhopper Penguin egg, was taken for a ride by Striated Caracara in this video. On April 20, 2013, I attended a talk by Tim Gallagher in Little Rock. He was speaking about his new book on the Imperial Woodpecker. You can read about his book here. For those of you interested in bird extinction, you might find The Lost Bird Project interesting. It involves the fairly recent extinction of five birds: Great Auk, Labrador Duck, Heath Hen, Passenger Pigeon, and Carolina Parakeet.

I got a sighting report in October 2012 and visited the site with the guy that reported it. He not only saw the bird, but actually heard it calling first. Perhaps I will be able to post more details later if I get his permission. Imperial Woodpecker paper – Martjan Lammertink and others have published a paper in The Auk documenting the only known motion-picture footage of this bird – the largest woodpecker ever to live on earth. Sadly the bird is almost certainly extinct now. But, you can see the bird in motion as shot in 1956 by William L. Analysis of the flight of the female Imperial in Mr.