THE IVORY BILLED WOODPECKER

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The Grail Bird

Author : Tim Gallagher
ISBN : 9781328859112
Genre : Nature
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What is it about the ivory-billed woodpecker? Why does this ghost of the southern swamps arouse such an obsessive level of passion in its devotees, who range from respected researchers to the flakiest Loch Ness monster fanatics and Elvis chasers? Since the early twentieth century, scientists have been trying their best to prove that the ivory-bill is extinct. But every time they think they've finally closed the door, the bird makes an unexpected appearance. It happened in the 1920s, and it’s happened in almost every subsequent decade. For more than 60 years, each sighting has been met with ridicule and scorn. Respected researchers and naturalists have been branded as quacks just for having the temerity to say that the ivory-bill still exists. Yet the reports still trickle in. Is there any truth to these sightings, or are they just a case of wishful thinking, misidentification, or outright fabrication? To unravel the mystery, author Tim Gallagher heads south, deep into the eerie swamps and bayous of the vast Mississippi Delta, searching for people who claim to have seen this rarest of birds and following up—sometimes more than 30 years after the fact—on their sightings. He meets a colorful array of characters: a cigar-chomping ex-boxer who took two controversial pictures of an alleged ivory-bill in 1971; a former corporate lawyer who abandoned her career to search for ivory-bills full time; two men who grew up in the ivory-bill’s last known stronghold in a final remnant of primeval forest in Louisiana. With his buddy Bobby Harrison, a true son of the South from Alabama, Gallagher hits the swamps, wading through hip-deep, boot-sucking mud and canoeing through turgid, mud brown bayous where deadly cottonmouth water moccasins abound. In most cases, they are clearly decades too late. But when the two speak to an Arkansas backwoods kayaker who saw a mystery woodpecker the week before and has a description of the bird that is too good to be a fantasy, the hunt is on. Their Eureka moment comes a few days later as a huge woodpecker flies in front of their canoe, and they both cry out, “Ivory-bill!” This sighting—the first time since 1944 that two qualified observers positively identify an ivory-billed woodpecker in the United States—quickly leads to the largest search ever launched to find a rare bird, as researchers fan out across the bayou, hoping to document the existence of this most iconic of birds.
Category: Nature

The Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Author : James T. Tanner
ISBN : 9780486148755
Genre : Nature
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All who seek this elusive bird rely on this 1942 profile of the species' characteristics and habits including its original distribution patterns; history of its disappearance; feeding, nesting, breeding habits. 20 halftones, 17 tables, 22 other illustrations.
Category: Nature

Stalking The Ghost Bird

Author : Michael K. Steinberg
ISBN : 9780807137666
Genre : Electronic books
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Unseen for more than sixty years and thought to be extinct, interest in the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker exploded in 2004 when two birders reported capturing the bird on film while searching a bottomland forest in Arkansas. STAKING THE GHOST BIRD examines the lengthy debate over the ivory-bill's status by examining the reported sightings and extensive efforts to find the rare bird in Louisiana. In this absorbing study, author Steinberg turns his lifelong interest in the majestic ivory-billed woodpecker into a tale that encapsulates both the mystery and intrigue surrounding the legendary bird.
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Ghost Birds

Author : Stephen Lyn Bales
ISBN : 9781572337176
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Before he died in 1991, Jim Tanner himself had come to believe that the majestic woodpeckers were probably gone forever, but he remained hopeful that someone would prove him wrong. This book fully captures Tanner's determined spirit as he tracked down what was then, as now, one of ornithology's true Holy Grails."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

In Search Of The Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Author : Jerome A. Jackson
ISBN : 0060891556
Genre : Nature
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In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is a complete natural history of one of the most exciting and rare birds in the world. Noted ornithologist Jerome A. Jackson takes the reader on his fantastic and personal quest, providing detailed insights into the bird's lifestyle, habitat, and cultural significance, examining its iconic status from the late 1800s to the present in advertising, conservation, and lore. As he relates searches for the bird by John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, and others, Jackson offers anecdotal tales illuminating the methods of early naturalists, including how one captive ivory-bill destroyed a naturalist's hotel room in a desperate attempt to escape. Jackson's search for one of the few remaining ivory-bills takes him across the United States and into Cuba. A new epilogue disputes the putative rediscovery of the bird in April 2005.
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25 Sightings Of The Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Author : Re'lynn Hansen
ISBN : 0982895720
Genre : Poetry
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Poetry. Limited edition, signed and numbered. Winner of the Firewheel Chapbook Award. 25 SIGHTINGS is inspired by those who watch and wait, and, finally, report sightings of a bird believed to be extinct for over half a century. The bird was magnificent—black with a white chevron stripe across the wing and an ivory bill. The bird fell victim to the Singer Sewing Machine. Singer clear-cut much of the southern forest, the home of the Ivory-billed, to meet the demand for sewing machine cabinets. On one level 25 SIGHTINGS chronicles reports from those who have seen the bird that is "believed to be extinct" and posits that we have an overwhelming desire to keep the bird alive, if nothing else, in our collective imagination. On another level it tells the story of the writer's family as it chronicles the old behaviors of a fading generation. It juxtaposes the vanishing of the woodpecker with the impending loss of the writer's grandmother. This is a prose poem about extinction that suggests that we might find renewal in sightings and listings.
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The Flight Of The Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Author : Mike Tibbetts
ISBN : 1518604889
Genre : Fiction
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While on a walk in the woods Oliver, Charlie and Gwen discover something very special, bird eggs. What they did not know was how special those birds would be. Join them on their adventures into the world of extinct woodpeckers.
Category: Fiction