Questions answered relating to the discovery of the Ivory-billed
woodpecker at Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2005
Jeff Fleming, USFWS, 404-274-6693 or Kyla Hastie,
Nancy Ledbetter, AGFC, 501-912-1979
or Keith Stephens, 501-951-3562
Jane Jones-Schulz, Heritage,
Jay Harrod, TNC, 501-614-5081,
availability to answer questions related to the discovery of the ivory-billed
woodpecker at Cache River National Wildlife Refuge.
Cache River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Dixie,
From Memphis or Little Rock on I-40: Take Ark Hwy 33/Biscoe exit. Proceed
north until intersection with Hwy 38. Turn right on Hwy 38/33. After approx.
7 miles, turn left to follow Hwy 33. Proceed 5 miles, headquarters is located
on right immediately off of Hwy 33.
Friday, April 29, 2005, 11 a.m.
Brief remarks followed by question and answer and interviews
Media boat tours are not available into the managed
access area. However, following availability, tours are available for media
only to adjacent areas. For planning purposes, media must schedule a
tour by contacting Nancy Ledbetter at 501-912-1979.
Sam D. Hamilton,
Southeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
David Goad, Deputy Director, Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission;
Lee Moore, Lower MS River Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy;
Marynell Branch, Deputy Director,
Department of Arkansas Heritage
The ivory-billed woodpecker, considered to be extinct by many birders,
has been rediscovered on Cache River National Wildlife Refuge.
The discovery is the result
of a collaborative effort by The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas, Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, working together with
Cornell University as the primary researcher, to determine if the ivory-billed
woodpecker existed in the bottomland hardwood habitat of the White and
Cache River basins.
Prior to this discovery, the ivory-billed woodpecker was last definitively
documented in the Southeast U.S. in the mid-1930's to the mid-1940's in
For more information about the refuge visit http://www.fws.gov/cacheriver .
Background and press information also available at http://www.ivorybill.org