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Rare Birds: The Extraordinary Tale of the Bermuda Petrel and the Man Who Brought It Back from Extinction

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The inspiring story of David Wingate, a living legend among birders, who brought the Bermuda petrel back from presumed extinction

Rare Birds is a tale of obsession, of hope, of fighting for redemption against incredible odds. It is the story of how Bermuda’s David Wingate changed the world—or at least a little slice of it—despite the many voices telling him he was crazy to
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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(4 star for lack of pics, 5 for story)
I thing I didn’t realize about Bermuda is how isolated (it was) the island is (totally as exotic as Galapagos, Madagascar, dodo island etc, but of course all fucked up now in those aspects) and some of the really neat wonders of evolution on islands in general. Bermuda now though, after 400 years of people, is suffering from sprawl, deforestation, mass extinctions, water pollution, invasive species run amuck, and the home of a visionary, and really, an extr
I was lucky enough to receive this book as a giveaway through Goodreads from the publisher, Beacon Books, and I am very grateful to them for providing me a copy.

Gehrman, a freelance journalist, does a reporter's job with the story of David Wingate and his mission to save a bird that was once thought to be extinct--the Bermuda petrel--and the effects his mission had on the country of Bermuda. Wingate's monomania to protect the petrel and other indigenous plants makes for a fascinating story.

But a
I had seen this book on the library shelf for a while but never picked it up until today, but it turned out to be a great story of the restoration of an entire ecosystem in Bermuda that I hadn't heard of. The book is a combination of a natural history of the cahow, or Bermuda petrel, and a biography of David Wingate, the person mostly responsible for creating the nature preserve of Nonesuch Island and rescuing the cahow from near extinction. Both sections were very interesting.
Carrie Laben
One of the more difficult tasks in this sort of nonfiction is achieving balance between all the distinct angles available on the subject. Gehrman does an exceptional job, blending the human interest of David Wingate's story with the drama of the cahow's plight and the larger scientific issues involved in endangered species protection and habitat restoration in a skillfully woven whole that remains gripping from the first page to the last. Her writing style is light but precise, ideal for her sub ...more
How many people would devote their entire life to saving animals? Not many, so it's a good thing we have David Wingate and his love of nature and birds. The lengths him and his family went to just to make sure that we didn't lose the petrels is amazing. When we lose a species, we all lose but our children and grandchildren are the biggest losers. I may not live in Bermuda, but I know that those who do are very thankful for his intervention. I actually found myself cheering on one little chick th ...more
I found this book in a used book store in New York and thought it must be an old book--but it was written in 2012. You have to love birds, nature or conservation to enjoy this book, but I think it is a fascinating story of a man dedicating his life to the recovery of one species of birds, the Bermuda Petrel, that everyone thought was extinct for many years. It was an all consuming matter for him---and even his wife, with a proper British background, went and lived on a very small island with no ...more
I found learning about the conservation history of Bermuda and the Bermuda petrel in particular very interesting. The focal character, the scientist who recovered the bird, I found difficult to like, although reading about him was interesting and his dedication admirable.
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