Race to Save the Lord God Bird (The)
The Race to Save the Lord God Bird
The tragedy of extinction is explained through the true story of the legendary bird, the ivory-billed woodpecker, and of those who tried to possess it, paint it, shoot it, sell it, and, in a last-ditch effort, save it. A powerful saga that sweeps through two hundred years of history, it introduces artists like John James Audubon, bird collectors like William Brewster, and finally a new breed of scientist in Cornell’s Arthur A. "Doc" Allen and his young ornithology student, James Tanner, whose quest to save the ivory-bill culminates in one of the first great conservation showdowns in U.S. history, an early round in what is now a worldwide effort to save endangered species. Hope for the ivory-bill had faded in the United States, but was rekindled with a spotting of the bird in Cuba in 1987. Includes photographs documenting the habitat changes that rapidly devoured this bird’s prime habitats.
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