Explore the bottomland forests along the Choctawhatchee River through these photographs of the 2005/2006 Florida Ivory-billed Woodpecker search. See the search team in action deploying our remote Listening Stations.
Mennill paddles a kayak through the cypress
forests along the Choctawhatchee River.
Swiston, Tyler Hicks, and Dan Mennill travel down the fast current of
the Choctawhatchee River.
search team navigates the shallow waters of a flooded forest to set up
an automated listening station.
Mennill and Kyle Swiston float a channel off the Choctawhatchee River,
listening for the sounds of woodpeckers.
Swiston and Brian Rolek assemble the microphone cover for an automated
Swiston downloads recordings onto external hard drives, which are sent
biweekly to the Mennill Sound Analysis Laboratory at the University of
Swiston and Dan Mennill set up the first automated listening station on
January 4, 2006. The seven stations recorded nearly every day from
early January until the end of April.
battery charging station uses low-noise generators to recharge sealed
lead-acid batteries. Kyle deployed batteries and memory cartrdiges to
each of the listening stations each day.
massive cavity in the canopy of a Spanish moss-covered tree. Many
in our study site exceeded the largest published dimensions of Pileated
of woodpecker feeding abound along the Choctawhatchee River. Feeding
trees showed stronger bark
adhesion than in nearby forests where Ivory-bills are absent.
Swiston and Dan Mennill wade through the flooded forest to investigate
a freshly-carved cavity.
Rolek and Tyler Hicks navigate the swift current of the Choctawhatchee
River's flooded forests.
Rolek enjoys the miracle of chemical-heat cooking with a bountiful
"Heater Meals" pancake breakfast.
Swiston and Dan Mennill relax at base camp after a day of deploying
memory cartridges and batteries at the seven listening stations.
|Kathryn Winger in the Mennill Sound Analysis Laboratory with 4,500 gigabytes of sound recordings.||University of Windsor students scan sound recordings from
Florida in the Mennill Sound Analysis Laboratory.
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