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by Tim Gallagher


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As TIM GALLAGHER was working on his book The Grail Bird, he was among the first to sight the ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas, which led to a effort to confirm the sighting and protect the bird's dwindling habitat

As TIM GALLAGHER was working on his book The Grail Bird, he was among the first to sight the ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas, which led to a effort to confirm the sighting and protect the bird's dwindling habitat. The sighting changed the direction of the book, for which Gallagher won the Outdoor Writers Association of America's Best Book award for 2005.

In April 2005, a startling announcement made national and international news: the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird . Gallagher's story reads like a mystery novel, and the subsequent conservation efforts provide hope and a lesson for our times.

In April 2005, a startling announcement made national and international news: the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird thought to be extinct for nearly sixty years, had been sighted.

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This is the story of the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker. Gallagher pulls us There are several books out about the legendary ivory-billed woodpecker

This is the story of the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker. For years, it was believed extinct. The last universally accepted sighting was reported in the 1940’s. Gallagher pulls us There are several books out about the legendary ivory-billed woodpecker. They all are good, but in their own way, each is very different. Gallagher’s is an adventurous romp that takes you along for the ride.

The Grail Bird: The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. The last time I heard it, she was looking at a Summer Tanager from the porch of the person who claims the largest yard list in North America

The Grail Bird: The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre. Falcon Fever: A Falconer in the Twenty-first Century. The last time I heard it, she was looking at a Summer Tanager from the porch of the person who claims the largest yard list in North America. The bird proved to be number 307 for Paul Lehman, a Cape May resident celebrated for his knowledge of bird distribution. Open almost any field guide.

What is it about the ivory-billed woodpecker? .

The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Published April 18, 2006 by Houghton Mifflin. In library, Ivory-billed woodpecker. I GUESS THIS STORY BEGINS, at least for me, in an old white barn in a field in Ithaca, New York.

Ivory-billed Woodpecker: The TRUTH behind the rediscovery. Tim Gallagher's newest book, The Grail Bird, is indeed the truth behind the rediscovery

Ivory-billed Woodpecker: The TRUTH behind the rediscovery. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 14 years ago. Tim Gallagher's newest book, The Grail Bird, is indeed the truth behind the rediscovery. I've been a follower of Ivory-billed Woodpecker history and sightings for several years. I've tried to read any book that has any noteworthy mention of the species within. This is the best book I have ever come across.

The ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) is one of the largest woodpeckers in the world, at roughly 20 inches (51 cm) long and 30 inches (76 cm) in wingspan. It is native to the bottomland hardwood forests and temperate coniferous forests of the southeastern United States and Cuba

The ivory-billed woodpecker? That's the bird that went extinct, and was rediscovered, and then there was .

The ivory-billed woodpecker? That's the bird that went extinct, and was rediscovered, and then there was some argument but it's all settled now and the great creature lives, elusively, in an Arkansas swamp, with a chunk of federal money to keep it comfortable. The Cornell rebuttal in the same issue - by Dr. Fitzpatrick, Martjan Lammertink of the Cornell Lab and the University of Amsterdam, Kenneth Rosenberg of the lab and Mr. Luneau - presents evidence that the viewer is indeed looking at the back of an ivory bill as it flies away. Continue reading the main story.

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.

Comments: (7)

Gaudiker
I loved the way the author brought to life the characters in this story! I could hear the accent of their southern dialect and experience the unique personality of each individual. I could hear the birds call, feel the frosty air, and hear the water slapping the sides of the boat as they made their way through the swamp in search of the ever elusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker. The thing is that I was able to judge for myself how credible each sighting was and in the end I was compelled to go to the websites listed in the back of the book and hear what they had recorded as evidence that this bird still lives! I was amazed when they convinced me that indeed it does still exsist!
Huston
I first came across this book in my local library when I was just casually going through the nature section looking for anything good to read about one of my favorite topics, nature. I had never heard of this book before, but I knew something about its subject the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. I knew that it was supposedly extinct, but that a few sightings of this bird had propelled it into the realm of Cryptozoology. So naturally I was intrigued. As with all books I find in the library I sat down and read a few pages in order to determine if I wanted to check it out or not. Before I knew it I had read three chapters in their entirety and was well into the fourth.
This book is much more than just retelling the history of the bird, its decline, and the supposed sightings of it. Oh yes that is all here, but like I said it is so much more than that. It is about a man and his quest to try and solve a mystery and to fully explore the worlds he loves nature and ornithology. In his quest he encounters colorful characters, beautiful landscapes, and even what may be the ghost of the bottomlands itself. With his writing style you come away with vivid images of the great Southern wilderness and a true understanding for a man and his passion for nature. Although one thing I did find strange was his constant refuting of wanting to be lumped together with people interested in pursuing Bigfoot and the like. I know the reluctance to want to be associated with some of these people, I think we can all name a few, but I’m sorry when you hunt extinct animals long after their supposed extinction weather large or small you are firmly in the realm of Cryptozoology.
The only problem I have is that discovering this book a full seven years after it was written some of the optimism is lost when you read about how some future events unfolded that where happening as the book was being written. But that is not the author’s fault. This is the danger of reading any book about Cryptids years after they were published you run the risk of the information being out dated if new developments and discoveries are made between then and when you are first reading it.
Despite being a few years old and some information now obsolete, I still highly recommend this book. It has humor, good clear writing, and fills you with the a sense of wonder and hope that maybe just ,maybe the wrongs of our past are not so complete that they might be rectified.
Anayanis
This book made me want to drive to Arkansas, jump into a kayak and search for Ivory Bills for the rest of my life.
Scoreboard Bleeding
Once considered extinct, the Ivory Billed Wood pecker may be haunting still in remote areas. Read and see what you think. I suggest you also read about the Ivory Billed wood pecker at Cornell Univ. the birding authorities. Fascinating to me.
Berenn
I must note I haven't finished the book yet but I am about 2/3 of the way through and am eager to finish. I am a long-gime birder forestry/forest biology major so this is an exciting story to me in the first place - a creature long thought extinct now possibly confirmed as still existing in the wild. But Gallagher is a very good writer. He develops background information as he tells his own story and does so while building suspense. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the story. And this newer paper back version I am reading has a newer "afterword" which gives some updates to the story as well. I recommend it.
Xtani
Tim Gallagher brings real excitement to the possibility that the bird actually exists. His description of the hunt & the bird itself is riveting.
artman
interesting story, would have liked to have seen more of the scientific evidence
I loved this book! It was well-written and fascinating - I couldn't put it down!
The Grail Bird: The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker download epub
Nature & Ecology
Author: Tim Gallagher
ISBN: 061870941X
Category: Science & Math
Subcategory: Nature & Ecology
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (April 18, 2006)
Pages: 304 pages