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The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird: The Discovery and Death of the Po'ouli Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (March 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081173448X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811734486
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alvin Powell is a science writer for the Harvard University News Office. This is his first book.

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This book is very captivating, well-researched, well-written, and extraordinarily referenced.
Kim Forrest
I highly recommend this book to all who are concerned about man's unique role in the preservation ( and destruction) of all life on this planet.
John Nacke
The book is also a fantastic read for anyone with an interest in Hawaiian biota or birds in general.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim Forrest on August 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A true-life, real-people story about a struggle to save a species. This book is very captivating, well-researched, well-written, and extraordinarily referenced. It really captures the passion that conservationists have, how closely entwined their work is with their personal beliefs and values, and how personally devastated they are by conservation losses. It captures the sometimes agonizing triage that conservationists in Hawaii have to deal with on a daily basis -- as well as the incredible Hawaiian landscapes that fuel their passion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James C. Otis on May 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be interesting, important and informative for three reasons. First, it documents some of the causes and events surrounding the last few years of the po'ouli's existence and extinction for posterity. Second, it is very engaging; Mr. Powell has written a fast-paced chronicle of events that (despite the somber subject) is entertaining to read. Third, the book provides insight into a government program that is intended to protect endangered and threatened species, but which can fall short of the mark due to political and budget issues - despite the best efforts and intentions of many dedicated field personnel trying to save these rare creatures and their diminishing habitat.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laura-lynne Powell on March 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A compelling account of the discovery of a tiny bird in the Hawaiian rain forest and the desperate efforts to save it from extinction. Author Al Powell has allowed us to see in a concrete way man's impact on the environment and the effectiveness of the policies and technologies we use to protect species endangered because of it. His story allows us to work alongside biologists as they celebrate the discovery of the bird in the 1970s and experience their growing horror over its fast-dwindling numbers. By the 1990s only three birds remained in wild. He shows how biologists' attempts to save the bird culminates in captive breeding that fails in 2004 as they witness the last known member of a species die in a cage. Must reading for nature lovers, bird lovers, science buffs and anyone concerned about the world we live in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Nacke on June 21, 2010
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In his introduction, Alvin Powell alluded to an existing sentiment that "no species should go extinct quietly." This book is his "shout-out" for the Po'ouli, a rare Hawaiian bird, now considered extinct, but whose story could aptly serve as an archetype for all endangered species.

This is a fascinating account of our struggle to preserve the few remaining individuals of a species, which ultimately fails, but, nevertheless, should be apprehended by all of us in the hope that our understanding, empathy, and activism will help save those species presently on the precipice of destruction.

A narrative told with a reporter's flair, "The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird..." is extensively researched, interesting, informative, spiritually challenging, and clearly written. I highly recommend this book to all who are concerned about man's unique role in the preservation ( and destruction) of all life on this planet.

I, too, strongly agree that "no species should go extinct quietly." I would like to thank the author for introducing me to the Po'ouli.
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