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The Grail Bird: The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Paperback – 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
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"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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This book is much more than just retelling the history of the bird, its decline, and the supposed sightings of it. Oh yes that is all here, but like I said it is so much more than that. It is about a man and his quest to try and solve a mystery and to fully explore the worlds he loves nature and ornithology. In his quest he encounters colorful characters, beautiful landscapes, and even what may be the ghost of the bottomlands itself. With his writing style you come away with vivid images of the great Southern wilderness and a true understanding for a man and his passion for nature. Although one thing I did find strange was his constant refuting of wanting to be lumped together with people interested in pursuing Bigfoot and the like. I know the reluctance to want to be associated with some of these people, I think we can all name a few, but I’m sorry when you hunt extinct animals long after their supposed extinction weather large or small you are firmly in the realm of Cryptozoology.
The only problem I have is that discovering this book a full seven years after it was written some of the optimism is lost when you read about how some future events unfolded that where happening as the book was being written. But that is not the author’s fault. This is the danger of reading any book about Cryptids years after they were published you run the risk of the information being out dated if new developments and discoveries are made between then and when you are first reading it.
Despite being a few years old and some information now obsolete, I still highly recommend this book. It has humor, good clear writing, and fills you with the a sense of wonder and hope that maybe just ,maybe the wrongs of our past are not so complete that they might be rectified.