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The Grail Bird: The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Paperback – Bargain Price, April 18, 2006
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The GRAIL BIRD is less an ecological study than a portrait of human obsession.” The New York Times
"[The GRAIL BIRD is] also, unqualifiedly, a fine book Gallagher honors the Lord God Bird." Charlotte Observer
"A fascinating account the reader never feels talked down to or left out of the adventure." Orlando Sentinel
"Gallagher's text is straight from the swamp: anything but dry." Dallas Morning News
"...An edge-of-your-seat ride into the hardwood swamps of the South that drips flavor like syrup on a mess of grits." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Gallagher is not only a careful scientist and researcher, but a thoughtful and sensitive writer who clearly loves his subject." Tampa Tribune
"An engaging story and a triumph of conservation, highly recommended for most collections." Library Journal
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Gallagher also spent several years traveling across the South, interviewing people who claimed to have seen the legendary Ivory-billed Woodpecker and following up on their sightings. On one of these journeys down a bayou in eastern Arkansas, he and Bobby Harrison had a close-up view of an Ivory-bill. This sighting quickly led to the largest search ever launched to find a rare bird.
More recently, Gallagher has been on the trail of the Imperial Woodpecker--a spectacular giant woodpecker (and closest relative of the Ivory-bill)--in the vast mesa pine forests of Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental. The last documented sighting of the species took place in 1956, and yet rumors persist among mountain villagers that the birds may still live on in the remotest reaches of this mighty mountain range. To find out if the rumors could possibly be true, author Tim Gallagher set out on a harrowing journey through the high country of the Sierra Madre--a vast, lawless region and now the epicenter of illegal drug growing in Mexico--which he chronicles in his latest book, IMPERIAL DREAMS. He is also the author of PARTS UNKNOWN, THE GRAIL BIRD, FALCON FEVER, and WILD BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY.
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I'm reminded of the book "The Lost Grizzlies" by Rick Bass about the search to discover grizzly bears living in southern Colorado where they have been supposedly non-existent for years. A tuft of hair, a pile of scat but no pictures and no video.
I find the possibility of finding the Ivory Bill even more exciting than the search itself. Here's to the dreamers and hopefuls who keep the hunt alive. Whether searching for Ivory Bills in Arkansas, grizzlies in Colorado or bigfoot in the Bitteroot I applaud those undeterred spirits who fuel the fire of the search and help fill our shelves with stories of adventure and hope.
Chapters include: Of People & Peckerwoods, Me & Bobby Rae; Jim & Nancy; Marry, Mary; White River Revisited; A Paradise on Earth; The Boxer; The LSU Connection; The Land of Dead Giants; A Bayou With a View; The Third Degree; Back to the Bayou; Where Sapsuckers Dare; Trying to Prove the Existence of a Ghost; Swamp Rats; the Lazarus Bird; and--for the 2006 edition, an Epilogue and Afterwood.
They tell the story of Gallagher, the long-time editor-in-chief of Living Bird, the esteemed journal of Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology, who started out to research all the recent sightings of the ivory-billed woodpecker (with or without proofs) and found much more. By about page 140 of this 265 page book, Gallagher has interviewed people who convince him they can tell as pileated from an ivory-billed woodpecker and that they have seen or heard the ivory-billed as recently as 2002.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
interesting story, would have liked to have seen more of the scientific evidencePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Once considered extinct, the Ivory Billed Wood pecker may be haunting still in remote areas. Read and see what you think. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Kinney
This book was super fast paced and I could not put it down. I was confronted with the challenge of: if you see a rare bird that is supposed to be dead, do you tell anyone? Read morePublished 13 months ago by jenljbear
I had most of this book read in a couple of days, I work full time so I can't read it constantly. I can barely put it down when I start in reading it again!!! I love it!Published 16 months ago by Patti Farnum
Tim Gallagher brings real excitement to the possibility that the bird actually exists. His description of the hunt & the bird itself is riveting.Published 22 months ago by Michael A. Strem
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,... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by zachary mann
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. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Neal Buelow
Recommended by Cornell Ornithology Lab, purchased along with Falcon Fever, both written by Tim Gallagher. Excellent background on historic topics, easy to read on cold, rainy day. Read morePublished on October 25, 2008 by M. Garland