The Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Found in Louisiana!
Whether or not the amazing IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER is extinct has been a hotly-debated topic since at least 1944. Matt Courtman, will stoke the debate by revealing exciting developments from his ongoing search for the Ivory-bill in Louisiana. Spoiler alert: based on his recent sightings and audio recordings over the last three years, Matt is convinced that there is at least one population of Ivory-bills currently living in Louisiana.
Matt has been enthralled with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker ever since he was eight when he first held ACTUAL Ivory-bill specimens at the LSU Museum of Natural Science. Matt will speak to us about the Ivory-bill’s unique place in Louisiana natural history. He will also examine the varying theories as to the drastic decline of the population of the species. The theme of Matt’s talk, however, will be one of hope for the Ivory-bill’s persistence.
This will be a highly interactive presentation. Matt is putting together a state-wide, collaborative effort to document and protect the Ivory-bill. He would be delighted to hear your questions, suggestions, and observations. If you are interested in the Ivory-bill or would like to participate in finding the Ivory-bill, please contact Matt: info@All-LouisianaIvory-billTeam.org .
A native of Monroe, Matt’s interest in birds was sparked by Roy Riser, his second-grade teacher at Lexington Elementary School. He considers himself incredibly lucky to have had the tutelage of Dr. Tom Kee at then-Northeast Louisiana University, which started with Matt auditing Dr. Kee’s ornithology class when he was eight. Matt is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire), the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a former president of the Louisiana Ornithological Society. Matt has contributed to several birding publications. Roger Tory Peterson included in his Field Guide to the Birds a sighting made by Matt when he was nine. Dr. George H. Lowery (also a native of Monroe, and Matt’s Ivory-bill inspiration) listed Matt as a contributor to Louisiana Birds when Matt was twelve.