Can you believe it's been over 15 years since the Ivory-billed Woodpecker went from being "probably extinct" to "rediscovered"? The species made headlines back in April 2005 when experts from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology reported the discovery of at least one male Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the Big Woods of Arkansas. In the following years, expeditions were mounted and volunteers sought definitive proof... which was never produced.
In late 2021 and early 2022, the bird was in the headlines again... for the same reason. Still, difinitive proof is elusive, but there are still some that hold out hope that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker still lives in the wild.
This continuing saga makes this species a Bird I'd Like to Find.