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About Bobby Harrison - Click Here for Full Bio
Bobby Harrison is best known for his life long quest to find the Ivory-billed Woodpecker,
a bird thought by most ornithologists to be extinct. On February 27, 2004 he and colleague
Tim Gallagher rediscovered the long thought extinct bird in eastern Arkansas. Their sighting,
the first time since 1944 that two qualified observers had positively identified an ivory-billed
woodpecker in the United States-quickly led to the largest search ever launched to find a rare
bird and ultimately to the announcement in April, 2005 of the rediscovery of the species.
A very motivated and inspirational speaker, Bobby will delight your audience with his knowledge
of this endangered species and the story of rediscovery. His presentation of fact vs. fiction
and his account of the sighting will inspire and captivate your audience using hard evidence,
video, and recordings of this unique bird. Read More
Presentation Overview - Click Here for Full Description
The Call of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
"Rediscovering the Holy Grail of Birds"
Bobby will tell the story of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker's near demise and miraculous resurrection. His program will cover the current controversy of the Ivory Bill's rediscovery, and using video analysis dispel the critiques claims of misidentification. Mr. Harrison will discuss the current search effort and evidence of Ivory Bills that have been recently found in other states. He will also show his unpublished Ivory-billed Woodpecker video that was shot on September 4, 2004. For 33 years Bobby sought the holy grail of birds. His story is a first hand account of its rediscovery, a story that you will not want to miss... Read More
University of Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville
Jamie Creola - Program Director
"I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful, informative and engaging presentation. I had numerous positive comments from FLMNH research and administration staff, as well as our general visitors. One of my favorite comments was from a long-term museum visitor/member who said " Wow! That was a great talk. The lecture was not only informative, but enjoyable. The right mixture of content and humor.You rarely get that.".
Wild Birds Unlimited, INC.
John F. Schaust - Chief Naturalist
"Bobby's program about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is one of those rare and compelling presentations that you simply do not want to miss. His passion for the bird is contagious, his sense of humor is infectious and his knowledge is extensive. You will hate to see the program come to an end!"
The Nature Conservancy
Cheryl Millett - Research and Monitoring Biologist
"Your talk was funny, engaging and profoundly moving and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Ivory-billed Woodpecker rediscovery, conservation, birds in general or the natural world. I would recommend your presentation even to those who have little interest in those things but who just want to hear about intense passion for a lifelong interest."
Central Valley Birding Symposium
David Yee - Chairperson
"Mr. Harrison's program was superb! His account was informative, insightful, humorous, and passionate. It appealed to all phases of the audience, whether they were birders or not. Our event is four days long with numerous speakers and programs. We ask attendees to fill out an evaluation form, and well over 100 people annually respond. When asked their favorite program/speaker, Mr. Harrison's program had the highest response. I would highly recommend his program on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker for any type of audience."