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March Chapter Meeting - Ivory-billed Woodpecker

posted Feb 10, 2016, 8:29 PM by Mary Waters   [ updated Mar 1, 2016, 6:19 PM ]
Please join us Thursday, March 3rd at the Chapter meeting of the Gulf Coast Texas Master Naturalist chapter to learn more about the history and ecology of critically endangered Ivory-billed Woodpeckers.  

Edward Craven, Gulf Coast Chapter Master Naturalist will be our speaker.  Edward is the volunteer chair and volunteer stewardship chair at Armand Bayou Nature Center and a Fall 2015 graduate of the master naturalist program.

John James Audubon wrote about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker more than any other bird. He noted that Ivory-billed Woodpeckers were most numerous along Houston's forested bayous than anywhere in the Southeast.

In 2005, Mr. Craven was selected by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to join the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Recovery Team. His duties included collecting data throughout the Cache River and White River Wildlife Management Areas in Arkansas. He subsequently conducted additional searches working alongside some of the world's top woodpecker experts. While searching, he encountered bears, large alligators, quicksand, cottonmouths, as well as six-foot timber rattlesnakes.  Mr. Craven will share some of his experiences as he searched for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker across three states.

Mr. Craven will summarize and discuss the history, behavior,  and ecology of Ivory-billed woodpeckers and where they lived and may still live.
  
Mr. Craven earned  his Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Texas and studied the ecology of fishes at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas prior to earning an M.B.A in finance at USC.


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