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Georgia DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Survey Remote Habitat for Evidence of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

 

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2006


Contacts:
Jim Burkhart, USFWS, (912)496-7366 ext.233
Robin Hill, GA DNR, (770)918-6789


WHO:

Biologists from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Georgia Department of Natural Resources

WHAT:

Search and document evidence of ivory-billed woodpeckers at selected higher priority sites in the northwestern portion of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

WHEN:

Monday, April 10, 2006, 9 a.m. –12 p.m.

WHERE:

Pine Island , Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge West Entrance (From Valdosta take SR 94 East to Fargo, then right on Hwy 441 South over the Suwannee River. Turn left onto Spur 177 East toward Stephen C. Foster State Park, proceed 12 miles to Refuge Entrance. Turn left onto first paved road, park in parking lot for Suwannee River Sill Recreation Area. Refuge staff will meet you there with a vehicle for short trip in to Pine Island. Directions from other locations available from james_burkhart@fws.gov.

WHY:

Georgia is fortunate to have a place like Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge with so much contiguous wildlife habitat left. There are very few places left like this in the southeast, making it one of the most likely places for where an Ivory-billed Woodpecker could survive. While the chances of finding an ivory-bill in Georgia are low, this effort will document the habitat at Okefenokee to find locations that may be suitable for reintroduction in the future.

 

VISUALS:

Biologists playing Ivory-bill calls to attract birds, searching on land and in canoe for signs of ivory-bills. B-roll is available by calling Robin Hill at (770) 918-6789.


Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Ivory-billed Woodpecker


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