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In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is a complete natural history of one of the most exciting and rare birds in the world. Noted ornithologist Jerome A. Jackson takes the reader on his fantastic and personal quest, providing detailed insights into the bird's lifestyle, habitat, and cultural significance, examining its iconic status from the late 1800s to the present i ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Harper Perennial
(first published August 2004)
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I gave this book 4 stars for the parts that I read, as there was much that I skimmed, it being of little interest to me. The author went into great detail about each of the different possible areas that the ivory-bill could be, and without a very good map--and there was not one in the book--I just couldn't maintain interest. When he wrote about his own searches, though, it was fascinating, and I also liked the historical background of the bird and the study of it. It is shocking, really, to thin ...more
If you want a level-headed, unclouded-by-fanaticism, book about the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker, this is the one to read. Jackson is passionate in his hopes that this species still exists, but he doesn't let his passion interfere with his scientific objectivity. In the process of detailing his search for the bird, he also educates the reader in its natural history. I recommend this book to any curious bird lover.
I enjoyed it quite well. He explained in great detail about the likelihood of where an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker may live, and where he visited. It was not as great as some of the other books about these interesting birds, but I really enjoyed it. I think it is a must read if you are interested in this species, or just extinct species in general.
Al Rudolph has been a member of Toastmasters International for over two decades. During that time, he has entered, and won, numerous speech and evaluation contests. His skill as both an author and orator have allowed him the opportunity to inspire and motivate numerous people with diverse backgrounds from virtually every walk of life. He has an uncanny ability to capture the attention of readers ...moreMore about Jerome A. Jackson