Chasing the Ivory-Bill

Chasing the Ivory-Bill
Martjan Lammertink and Tim Gallagher continue their search for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in a pine forest in Humbolt National Park. Greg Kahn

Day 14: One Last Lead

— As the trip draws to a close, Gallagher focuses his hopes on new territory.
Francisco Osorio Coba, 77, a resident of Farallones, Cuba, tells Martjan Lammertink and Tim Gallagher he hasn't seen the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in more than 20 years. Greg Kahn

Day 13: The Trek to Farallones

— Birds abound on a cliff-side hike, but still no Ivory-bill.
An abandoned nesting cavity in a pine tree was likely made by Ivory-billed Woodpeckers decades ago. With no new signs of life, the team moved on deflated. Greg Kahn

Day 12: A Screaming Absence

— After stumbling upon ideal Ivory-bill habitat, the birds' silence weighs heavily on the group.
A content Cuban Pygmy Owl observes the team from a pine branch in Humbolt National Park. Greg Kahn

Day 11: Echoes From The Highest Ridgetop

— The team hikes deeper—and higher—into the woods and meets a Cuban Pygmy Owl along the way.
Using the feedback call of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Martjan Lammertink waits to hear any response in Humbolt National Park, Eastern Cuba. Greg Kahn

Day 10: And Then The Mule Died

— The team catches wind of a 2008 Ivory-bill sighting—and passes on some questionable meat.
After using the double knocker and feedback call of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Martjan Lammertink waits to hear any response in Humbolt National Park. Greg Kahn

Day 9: Thirty Years Since The Last Report

— The Ivory-bill becomes more ghost-like each step of the way.
The team sets out on mule for their next destination: Ojito de Agua, a former Russian mining prospect camp in eastern Cuba. Greg Kahn

Day 8: On to Ojito de Agua!

— After a series of unfortunate events, Gallagher and the team finally reach their camp in Humbolt National Park.
Stuck in the mud with a dead battery, the Ivory-Bill team gets a little help from kindly neighbors and a pair of oxen to get their jeep back on track. Greg Kahn

Day 7: The End of the Good Times

— Slip sliding into Humboldt National Park is much harder than it sounds.
A U.S. flag paired with a Cuban flag hangs on the windshield of the car that took Tim Gallagher and Martjan Lammertink to Guantanamo. Greg Kahn

Day 6: Guantanamo Bound

— The team encounters a few ominous creatures as they wade into restricted territory.
Martjan Lammertink and Tim Gallagher hike the northern edge of Humbolt National Park with their Cuban guide El Indio. Greg Kahn

Day 5: Travels With El Indio in the Mountains Above Bahia de Taco

— A savvy local guide leads a hike full of endemics and faux woodpecker calls.