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Protocol - Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Sightings


"Davis, Ron"


Davis, Ron


Fri, 17 Jun 2005 09:24:00 -0400

Sent: Friday, June 17, 2005 8:18 AM
Subject: Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

For Immediate Release - June 16, 2005
Partners Establish Protocol to Report Sightings of Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Cornell Laboratory of
Ornithology announce the establishment of an e-mail address
() and associated web site
( to report sightings of the
rediscovered Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

"Since the announcement in April that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker has been
confirmed at Arkansas' Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, we've had
numerous calls reporting sightings," said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast
Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  "We need to
gather this information so biologists can explore any promising leads."

Because the Ivory-billed Woodpecker looks very similar to the more common
Pileated Woodpecker, biologists urge the public to carefully review the
information on the web site, including range maps, habitat descriptions,
field marks, and photos of both birds, before reporting sighting

People who believe they've seen an Ivory-billed Woodpecker should fill out
the form available at and
send it to  Those without Internet access may request
the form by calling the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at (800) 843-2473.

The Service has established a second e-mail address, ,
where the public can submit questions or comments about the recovery of the
Ivory-billed Woodpecker.  The public may also write to: Ivory-billed
Woodpecker Recovery Team Leader, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1875 Century
Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30345.