"Small, rare, and not often seen without a special effort, Kirtland's warbler has still managed to capture the imaginations of countless people. This story of its close brush with extinction and the struggle to pull it back from the brink reads like an adventure novel, except that it's all true."
--Kenn Kaufman, Kaufman Field Guides
"Besides exhaustively recounting the human and natural history of an extraordinary bird, Rapai has crafted a rare combination of easily accessible prose, scientific literacy, and human passion, together with the mystery and drama of endangered species management."
--John Fitzpatrick, Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
"The stories and tales surrounding this rare and mysterious species are almost as captivating as the bird itself. This is an excellent source of current research on the Kirtland's warbler, the successes of the current programs, and the perils and difficulties that still face the bird's population."
"Serious bird watchers, students, and professionals interested in birds will enjoy this book." - K.L. Williams, Northwestern State University, Choice
"This well-told story of the endangered Kirtland's Warbler…is filled with many heroes and much inspiration."
"The population recovery of Kirtland’s Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii
) is one of the most fascinating success stories of an endangered species in the past 60 years. ... By including the human dimension of recovery efforts, this book keeps the reader involved throughout what ends up being a catalogue of management and research accomplishments."
(Deahn M. Donner The Auk
About the Author
William Rapai is president of Grosse Pointe Audubon Society and has traveled across North America and to Cuba, Iceland, and Thailand to view and research birds. He was an award-winning reporter and editor for the Grand Forks Herald, the Detroit Free Press, and the Boston Globe. This is his first book.