Latest Cache River National Wildlife Refuge Stories

2008-07-27 09:00:23

By Meredith Byers, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio Jul. 27--MONROE -- North America's first international wildlife refuge has expanded with the inclusion of Plum Creek, 126 acres in Monroe County. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, U.S. Reps. John Dingell (D., Dearborn) and Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), and Michigan Lt. Gov. John D. Cherry, Jr., were present for a ceremony in Monroe yesterday to sign the deed that incorporates the land into the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge....

2006-04-10 19:17:32

ALBANY, Ga. -- Wildlife biologists are searching one of the nation's most primitive swamps for the ivory-billed woodpecker, which was believed extinct since 1944 until one was reported in an Arkansas swamp last year. A handful of biologists from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service launched the search last week in the Okefenokee Swamp, where the last confirmed sighting was reported in 1942. The search will continue for the rest of the month....

2005-12-18 20:05:23

BRINKLEY, Ark. -- Each morning, Sara Barker wakes before dawn, covers herself with camouflage and makes sure she has her compass before heading into the eastern Arkansas swamps. Her quest: the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker. Dozens of birders have flocked to the wildlife refuges of the Arkansas Delta to follow up on a kayaker's 2004 sighting of a bird so rare it was thought to have become extinct. They hope to obtain a clear video or picture of the bird and then study its behavior. Barker...

2005-12-13 16:40:00

By Deborah Zabarenko BAYOU de VIEW, Arkansas (Reuters) - Among ancient cypress and tupelo trees, bird experts and wildlife officials searched high and low on Tuesday for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker, peering first into big messy holes in the ground and up at towering limbs. "These would be C holes," said Ron Rohrbaugh, an ornithologist at Cornell University as he led a team in Arkansas in search of the bird previously presumed extinct. Rohrbaugh noted that possible ivory-billed nesting...

2005-12-13 09:25:00

By Deborah Zabarenko BRINKLEY, Arkansas -- A hunting lodge with antler chandeliers and stuffed ducks on the walls seems a strange place to celebrate the comeback of the ivory-billed woodpecker, but wildlife officials are doing exactly that. They credit hunters in particular with helping bring the rare bird back from presumed extinction in the Big Woods section of Arkansas. "The people of Arkansas, the hunting and fishing community, conserved these woods," Scott Simon of The Nature Conservancy...

2005-08-02 10:07:57

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Audio recordings of the ivory-billed woodpecker's distinctive double-rap have convinced doubting researchers that the large bird once thought extinct is still living in an east Arkansas swamp. Last month, a group of ornithologists had questioned the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker, last sighted in 1944. They said blurry videotape of a bird in flight wasn't enough evidence. So a Cornell University researcher who was part of the team that announced the bird's...

2005-07-21 17:40:27

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An expert on the ivory-billed woodpecker is questioning evidence that purportedly shows the rare bird, once thought to be extinct, in the swamps of southeast Arkansas. Jerome A. Jackson, a zoologist at Florida Gulf Coast University, is challenging a blurry video cited by other scientists as showing a clip of one bird, saying the four-second image does "no more than suggest the possibility" that the bird still exists. "I am certainly not saying that ivory-billed...

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