Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Ivory-billed Woodpeckers on the Web: A Reader’s Guide

While Ivory-billed Woodpeckers have been elusively difficult to find in real-life, they (or at least discussion of them) abound on the Web. The purpose of this post is to list the Blogs, Web Sites, and Bird Forums where Ivory-bills are known to thrive (i.e., sites that are devoted exclusively or primarily to Ivory-bills). These should provide you with untold hours of vicarious adventures--real or imagined--with the King of the Woodpeckers.


  • Carolina Ivorybills (Christen) - Initiated 3/12/2006; inactive since 9/21/06.
  • Feathered Ghosts (Mark VanderVen) - Initiated 1/11/2007.
  • Ivory-bill Skeptic (Tom Nelson) - Initiated 7/26/2005.
  • Ivory-billed Septic (Anonymous) - Initiated 2/12/2007.
  • Ivory-bills LiVE!! (cyber thrush) - Initiated 7/24/2005.
  • Kyle’s Blog (Kyle Gerstner) - Initiated 2/2/2007.
  • Mobile Search Team Travel Log - IBWO (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) - Initiated 12/5/2006.
  • News from the 2007 Search - IBWO (Dan Mennill, Windsor) - Initiated 1/13/2007.
  • Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Diane Deresienski, Piedmont Wildlife Center) - Initiated 12/14/2006.
  • The Choctawhatchee Search (Team Nokuse) - Initiated 9/21/06.
  • Updates from Florida - IBWO (Geoff Hill, Auburn) - Initiated 11/09/2006.

    Web Sites

  • Birding America (Mary Scott)
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Arkansas Game & Fish Commission)
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker (The Nature Conservancy)
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker Information (David Luneau)
  • Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in the Florida Panhandle (Geoff Hill, Auburn)
  • Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in the Pearl River Basin (fish crow aka Mike Collins)
  • The Ivory-billed Woodpecker (John C. Arvin)
  • The Ivory-billed Woodpecker Foundation (Bobby Harrison)
  • The Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
  • The Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Dan Mennill, Windsor)
  • The Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Van Remsen, LSU)


  • BirdForum - As of 2/14/2007, discussions of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker on BirdForum consisted of more than 10,330 posts in 6 threads (threads listed below in reverse chronological order):
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker - Total posts: more than 9,720 as of 2/15/2006 (first: 5/18/2000; still active).
  • Evidence for Survival of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker = Total posts: 407 (first: 8/22/2005; last: 12/22/2005); inactive.
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker Updates - Total posts: 40 (first: 5/10/2005; last: 10/28/2005); inactive.
  • I Have Seen An Ivory-billed Woodpecker - Total posts: 246 (first: 4/29/2005; last: 9/21/2006); inactive.
  • Ivory billed Found!! - Total posts: 41 (first: 4/28/2005; last: 1/17/2006); inactive.
  • Possible Ivory Billed Woodpecker Sighting in East Texas - Total posts: 67 (first: 4/23/2004; last: 6/16/2004); inactive.
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker Researchers Forum - Initiated 11/9/2006. As of 2/14/2007, it consisted of more than 850 posts in 27 threads.

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    There was one more major Ivory-Billed thread on Birdforum.

    Birdforum decided that expressing skepticism about the Ivory-Billed was not allowed on the "official" thread. So a thread "Debate: Evidence for the Survival of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker" was started. The moderators changed the name to "Evidence for the Survival of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker" when it became too popular. The thread died when the moderators simply banned the major skeptics without cause or explanation. (Times have changed on Birdforum where it now appears almost anything goes.)

    February 16, 2007 9:52 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If that is Tom, then it's just pathetic.

    If it is someone impersonating him, then it's hilarious.

    February 16, 2007 7:09 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's neither. What's hilarious AND pathetic is that the moderators tried to stamp out skepticism by banning all the skeptics. Now look at Birdforum! Pretty much anything goes with a whole new generation of skeptics. The moderators eventually figured out they couldn't ban them all.

    February 17, 2007 10:33 AM  

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