Researchers Search Northwestern Florida for Rare Woodpecker

The search is on for a rare woodpecker in Florida.

State, federal and university researchers are teaming up on a mission to search the Florida Panhandle for the ivory-billed woodpecker, which was thought to be extinct until it was spotted in Arkansas two years ago.

The search is prompted by Auburn University researchers, who say they have seen and heard the woodpecker in Northwest Florida.

They spent months searching remote swamps. Dr. Geoff Hill says his team made audio recordings that are similar to historical recordings of the ivory-billed woodpecker.

He also says they saw the bird, but that does not meet the standard for scientific confirmation.

Henry Cabbage with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says they need any photographic evidence to confirm the sighting.