As new paperback. In April 2005, a startling announcement made national and international news: the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird thought to be extinct for nearly sixty years, had been sighted. The story behind this incredible discovery began more than a year earlier when, after a lengthy search, Tim Gallagher was one of the first people to see this iconic bird, the holy grail of birdwatchers. He convinced the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology to mount a massive search for evidence of the bird's existence. The news was kept secret while field teams went to work and land was bought up to be conserved. Gallagher's story reads like a mystery novel, and the subsequent conservation efforts provide hope and a lesson for our times.
The Grail Bird : Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
The Grail Bird: The Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker