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In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

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    Jerome A Jackson(Author)

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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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  • PDF | 322 pages
  • Jerome A Jackson(Author)
  • HarperCollins Publishers; Reprint edition (May 2006)
  • English
  • 8
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Mr. D. V. Belfield on 7 July 2006

    This is a well written and interesting book. It will be required and important reading for anyone wanting to keep up to speed with the Ivory-billed woodpecker story thus far.Jackson has many hours of distinguished service under his belt, searching for, and researching these fascinating birds and woodpeckers in general, so you can be sure that his thoughts and findings are well worth consulting.In many ways I have as much, if not more, respect, admiration and affection for Jackson as a long-standing tracker of ivory-bills as their declared finders (although Gallagher's book is an undoubtedly good read). Over several decades of pursuit, Jackson may not have "found" them officially but he can relate a gripping story of tantalisingly close encounters. His stalwart devotion thus counts for just as much in the long term.Inevitably, the story of the Ivory-bills' eradication is a crushingly sad tale of mindless greed, waste and stupidity. But especially dismal is the realisation that if they should still survive, the 'Lord God Bird' of rakish hue, exuberant demeanor and majestic trumpeting will certainly have long departed the scene. The survivors now will be the ones who keep their damn heads down, quell any calls or drummings, and hide. The Lord God got Himself shot. "Collected" into oblivion. So now our world is very very much the poorer and less exciting due the trigger-happy depredations of 'sportsmen' and egg thieves.Are there others, I wonder, who find themselves similarly mired in long-term grieving for the massive loss of sheer wonderfulness we and our ancestors are responsible for inflicting on the world? Was the trade-in of wild woodlands with massive trees, wolves, pumas, and countless fungi, lichens, insect varieties for a few board-yards of timber - really worth it? Must wild forests always be reduced to standing inventories of chip-board, parquet flooring and toilet paper?If Ivory Bills do still persist, and Jackson is amongst the foremost of those who hope they do, their indictment of modern humanity's profligacy must be an awesome thing to behold.


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