Ivory-billed Woodpecker
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Portraits of Ivory-billed Woodpecker Seach Team members Image on Ivory-billed Woodpecker Collector's Pin

Biographies and quotes from the 4 Search Team
Members signing the Search Team Edition prints

Tim Gallagher - Ivory-billed Woodpecker Search Team

Tim Gallagher

Tim Gallagher was one of the first three searchers to see and identify an Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas in 2004. He has returned more than a half dozen times to continue the search. For 15 years, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Living Bird, the award-winning quarterly magazine from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A professional wildlife photographer, Gallagher traveled through many of the Ivory-bill's former haunts, searching for evidence of the species' continued existence and interviewing people who have had credible sightings. He is the author of the best-selling book The Grail Bird: The Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). (B.A. in Magazine Journalism, California State University; M.A. in English, California State University)

"Just to think that this bird has made it into the 21st century gives me chills. It's like a funeral shroud has been pulled back, giving us a brief glimpse of a living bird, rising Lazarus-like from the grave. This is a bird with natural appeal - one that will capture and fire up the imagination of people throughout America and the world."

Bobby Harrison - Ivory-billed Woodpecker Search Team

Bobby Harrison

Bobby Harrison, Associate Professor of Art and Photography at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the first three people involved in the search to see and identify an Ivory-bill in Arkansas. He has been an avid bird watcher and student of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker since 1973. Harrison, who is also an award-winning wildlife photographer, began searching for Ivory-bills in Florida in 1995. He continued his searching in Georgia, Louisiana and in Arkansas, the latter for over a year. Since 1985, Harrison has published articles on birds and bird photography in most North American birding magazines and calendars including Audubon, Living Bird, Birder's World, Wild Bird, Nature's Best, Bird Watcher's Digest, Outdoor Photographer and others. Harrison, a native of Decatur, Alabama, resides in Huntsville, Alabama. (B.A. in Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography from Andrews University, Berrien Spring, Michigan; M.S. Media Technology from Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama)

"I have always believed that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker still lived and finding one has been a dominant force in my life for more than three decades. Finding an Ivory-bill was a 33-year dream come true for me."

David Luneau - Ivory-billed Woodpecker Search Team
Photo: Mark Godfrey

David Luneau

David Luneau has captured the best video to date from the Arkansas search of what most experts believe to be an Ivory-billed Woodpecker. A Professor of Electronics and Computers at UALR, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Luneau has been in charge of the effort to capture an image of an Ivory-bill using remote cameras. He has also served as an advisor in other technical areas. Luneau was a member of the six-person Zeiss Sports Optics search team that spent a month in 2002 looking for Ivory-billed woodpeckers in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in Louisiana. With support from the Arkansas Audubon Society Trust, he organized and led a less-extended expedition in January of 2003 to look for Ivory-bills in Arkansas' White River National Wildlife Refuge. Luneau, a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, resides in Little Rock. (B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rice University; M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology)

"The lands that hunters and fishermen have conserved have allowed this bird a place to live into the 21st century. Without these people and their interest in saving bottomland forests, I doubt that the bird would have survived."

Gene Sparling - Ivory-billed Woodpecker Search Team

Gene Sparling

Gene Sparling, an entrepreneur and naturalist, first spotted the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge that led to the extensive search in Arkansas. Since his initial observation in February 2004, Sparling has been actively involved in the search, serving as the project's co-manager and working in the conservation and land acquisition efforts as well as public and community relations efforts. Sparling, who began exploring the Big Woods in his kayak in 2003, has sought out wild and natural places throughout his life, exploring Arkansas' Ozark and Ouachita mountains, as well the Rocky Mountains and Mexico's Baja Peninsula. He now works for The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas. A native of Springfield, Missouri, Sparling resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

"There is a place [in the Cache River NWR] where a grove of thousand-year-old trees grows within sight of an Interstate highway. I wonder which will endure. Will we invest the same or a greater effort to preserve those trees that we will invest to preserve the highway?"

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