Potential Ivory-billed Woodpecker habitat, State-by-State
A few weeks ago I stayed up late many nights going through Terraserver rather exhaustively through most of the "historical range" of the Ivorybill looking for promising bottomlands. I simply looked for large, mostly contiguous tracts of bottomlands that appeared to have a good number of larger, more widely-spaced trees giving the canopy a "coarse texture." There is absolutely no ground truth (as they say in the remote sensing biz) to most of this; consider it a first-generation survey. I think most people will be surprised at how much of this habitat actually exists, especially on the Atlantic slope. I'd especially be interested in the impressions of people who actually know these areas first-hand, on the ground, as well as pointing out areas I may have overlooked.
Apologies in advance to our northern fellows, but I arbitrarily cut off my survey at the northern borders of Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. That does not reflect an opinion on the habitat up there, I just needed to draw a line somewhere so I could get some sleep!
Results are given in the following postings. Everything is listed west-to-east: