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The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Foundation

Our Mission: To Locate, Recover, Protect, Manage, Preserve, and Conserve the Ivory Billed Woodpecker and other rare, endangered, or threatened species populations and their habitats through scientific research, documentation, and by educating the general public.
Foundation Goals and Objectives
Working with leading woodpecker experts, the foundation has set the following goals/objectives:
  1. Formulate low impact search protocols that provide a thorough and documented search throughout the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker's historic range.
  2. Establish, through photographic and video proof, that the Ivory Billed Woodpecker still persists.
  3. Provide an educational resource library and database to educate the public and searchers on the Ivory Billed Woodpecker and its habitat needs.
  4. Develop a comprehensive conservation program for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker.

Foundation Board of Directors
President/Treasurer - Bobby Harrison: Bobby Harrison, an award winning nature photographer, is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Art Program at Oakwood College, Huntsville, Alabama. He co-rediscovered the ivory-billed woodpecker on February 27, 2004. He has also authored a children's book, To find an Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Vice President - Tim Gallagher: Tim Gallagher is editor-in-chief of Living Bird magazine. He is the author of The Grail Bird, the story of Tim and Bobby's long search for the ivory-billed woodpecker and their co-rediscovery of it in 2004.


Secretary - Bill Chobotar, Ph. D.: Bill Chobotar, Ph.D., teacher and researcher in the fields of Parasitology, Immunology, Histology and Microbiology at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.



Foundation Professional Advisors
James Tate, Jr., Ph. D.:Dr. James Tate has been noted in his career for promoting the role of science in advising public policy, and for his research and writing on avian ecology and landscape-level biological systems. He has a passion for fly fishing, bow hunting and bird watching.

Jim has served in many natural resource conservation roles throughout his career:

  • Science Advisor to the Secretary of Interior, Gale Norton
  • Professional Staff to U.S. Senate committees
  • Endangered Species Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Branch Chief for the Office of Surface Mining
  • Environmental Manager with Atlantic Richfield Company
  • Associate Professor of Natural Resources, and as a Director of the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University
Jim was born in Mauston, Wisconsin and raised in small farming towns in Northern Illinois. He graduated with a BS from Northern Illinois University, a MS from University of the Pacific, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He is married to Linda Schmale of Lodgepole, Nebraska, and has a son Brant who is an architect in Brisbane, Australia.

Jerry Jackson, Ph. D.: Dr. Jerry A. Jackson is recognized as the world's expert on the ivory-billed woodpecker. The winner of the 2004 Chandler Robbins Education and Conservation Award from the American Birding Association, Jackson is the Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Science at Florida Gulf Coast University. He lives in Naples, Florida.

Jeff Stolzer: Jeff Stolzer is the Communications Director of The Explorers Club. He is the editor of the Club's newsletter,The Explorers Log, and the managing editor of its quarterly magazine, The Explorers Journal.

In recent years, Jeff has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro; participated in a scientific expedition to a Tanzanian volcano, Oldoinyo Lengai; traveled to Antarctica as a staff member on an educational expedition for students; and joined a research team in the Gulf of St. Lawrence studying blue whales.

In the 1990s, he was a professional screenwriter in Los Angeles, where he wrote scripts for 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company and Sony Studios.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University and holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema/Television.