As one of the first three searchers to report seeing and identifying the species, he played an instrumental role in the 2004/2005 Arkansas reports of the ivory-billed woodpecker. His book about the experience, The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (ISBN 0-618-45693-7) was published in May 2005. His latest book, Falcon Fever (ISBN 0-618-80575-3), about his lifelong fascination with birds of prey, was released in May 2008.
Gallagher was born in England and received a B.A. in magazine journalism, and an M.A. in English, both from California State University.
- Details of search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
- Interview with Tim Gallagher
- "Return to the Bayou," field notes from the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker by Tim Gallagher