About this site

This Web site was created by Ted Geltner as a project for MMC 5015: Communication on the Internet and Survey of Electronic Publishing, a course in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. The project was completed in the Fall semester of 2006.

The information on this site comes from a variety of sources, including:

  • The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: The Cornell Lab is one of the leading ornithological organizations in the world and is at the forefront of the search to rediscover the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. The Lab agreed to allow the use of photography for this Web site and to allow the site to link to video owned exclusively by Cornell.
  • The Birds of North America Online.
  • An interview with ornithologist and author Tim Gallagher on the blog Living the Scientific Life. Gallagher, along with photographer Bobby Harrison, are credited with the Ivory-Billed sighting that was confirmed by Cornell in 2004.
  • The Nature Conservancy: This non-profit organization dedicated to saving the endangered plants and animals of the Earth also agreed to allow the use of its photos and maps on this Web site.
  • The Big Woods Conservation Project: This group is a combined effort between The Nature Conservancy and The Cornell Lab to protect and restore the habitat of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker in the Southeastern U.S. Photos taken as part of the Big Woods effort can be found on this site.
  • Information was gathered at a lecture titled "Obsessed with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker," given by award-winning nature photographer Bobby Harrison.
  • An interview was conducted with David Steadman, the Curator of Ornithology for the University of Florida'a Museum of Natural History. Steadman is an authority on rare birds and species extinction and has written extensively on the subject.

About the author

Ted Geltner is a doctoral student in the University of Florida's Department of Journalism and Communication. He is a non-believer in just about all circumstances, but he's trying, he's trying real hard, Ringo, to believe that there are really still IBWs pecking wood out there. Contact him at tedgeltner@bellsouth.net.

Courtesy Cornell Lab of Ornithology
This is a photo of "Sonny Boy," an Ivory-billed Woodpecker nestling, taken by ornithologist James Tanner in 1938. Sonny Boy was a media darling during the first rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed in the 1930s.

Courtesy Cornell Lab of Ornithology/Bill Holiday
This is a photo of the Arkansas cypress swamp, the suspected home of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, taken on the most recent Cornell Lab expedition. The organization is currently looking for volunteers for the next trip to Arkansas, scheduled for early 2007.