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The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

By Phillip M. Hoose, 1947-

The tragedy of extinction is explained through the dramatic story of a legendary bird, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and of those who tried to possess it, paint it, shoot it, sell it, and, in a last-ditch effort, save it. A powerful saga that sweeps through two hundred years of history, it introduces artists like John James Audubon, bird collectors like William Brewster, and finally a new breed of scientist in Cornell's Arthur A. "Doc" Allen and his young ornithology student, James Tanner, whose quest to save the Ivory-bill culminates in one of the first great conservation showdowns in U.S. history, an early round in what is now a worldwide effort to save species. As hope for the Ivory-bill fades in the United States, the bird is last spotted in Cuba in 1987, and Cuban scientists join in the race to save it.

All this, plus Mr. Hoose's wonderful story-telling skills, comes together to give us what David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds calls "the most thorough and readable account to date of the personalities, fashions, economics, and politics that combined to bring about the demise of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker."
 
The Race to Save the Lord God Bird is the winner of the 2005 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2005 Bank Street - Flora Stieglitz Award.

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2004

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Format: Book
Author: Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-
Summary: Tells the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker's extinction in the United States, describing the encounters between this species and humans, and discussing what these encounters have taught us about preserving endangered creatures. For thousands of years, the majestic Ivorybilled Woodpecker reigned over the dark emerald forests that once carpeted the bottomlands of America's broad southern rivers, as well as the red, rugged mountains of eastern Cuba, where it was called Carpintero real. A phantom bird, always more easily heard than seen, it had a giant, ivory-colored bill prized by Indians and whites alike. But even in the early 1800s, when John James Audubon captured the Ivory-bill's likeness in his ground-breaking book The Birds of America, this species was beginning to disappear. A century later, it was presumed extinct. What happened? The Ivory-bill's story sweeps through two hundred years of history, introducing artists, specimen collectors, lumber barons, plume hunters, and finally -- in Cornell's Arthur A. Allen and his young ornithology student James Tanner -- pioneering biologists who sought to uncover the mystery of birds by studying them alive in their habitats. Their quest to save the Ivory-bill was to culminate in one of the first great conservation showdowns. With lively prose, illuminating images, and meticulous research, Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction. He probes our evolving attitudes toward understanding species and protecting habitat, prompting Publitzer Prize-winning Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson to say: "This is a marvelous book for young and old alike ... a tribute to a legendary animal and the nobility in the human spirit."
Title: The race to save the Lord God bird / Phillip Hoose.
Publisher Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.
Subject: Ivory-billed woodpecker -- Juvenile literature. Endangered species -- Juvenile literature Woodpeckers -- Juvenile literature.
Isbn: 0374361738 (hardcover)
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Format: Book
Author: Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-
Summary: Tells the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker's extinction in the United States, describing the encounters between this species and humans, and discussing what these encounters have taught us about preserving endangered creatures. For thousands of years, the majestic Ivorybilled Woodpecker reigned over the dark emerald forests that once carpeted the bottomlands of America's broad southern rivers, as well as the red, rugged mountains of eastern Cuba, where it was called Carpintero real. A phantom bird, always more easily heard than seen, it had a giant, ivory-colored bill prized by Indians and whites alike. But even in the early 1800s, when John James Audubon captured the Ivory-bill's likeness in his ground-breaking book The Birds of America, this species was beginning to disappear. A century later, it was presumed extinct. What happened? The Ivory-bill's story sweeps through two hundred years of history, introducing artists, specimen collectors, lumber barons, plume hunters, and finally -- in Cornell's Arthur A. Allen and his young ornithology student James Tanner -- pioneering biologists who sought to uncover the mystery of birds by studying them alive in their habitats. Their quest to save the Ivory-bill was to culminate in one of the first great conservation showdowns. With lively prose, illuminating images, and meticulous research, Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction. He probes our evolving attitudes toward understanding species and protecting habitat, prompting Publitzer Prize-winning Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson to say: "This is a marvelous book for young and old alike ... a tribute to a legendary animal and the nobility in the human spirit."
Title: The race to save the Lord God bird / Phillip Hoose.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.
Description: 196 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Ivory-billed woodpecker -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Endangered species -- Juvenile literature
Subjects: Woodpeckers -- Juvenile literature.
Notes: "Melanie Kroupa Books."
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-184) and index.
Notes: Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 7.9 9
Notes: A Junior Library Guild selection.
Contents: Introduction: Bird of the sixth wave -- Prologue: Hostage - February 1809 -- Specimen 60803 - February 2002 -- Audubon on the ivory-billed Frontier - 1820-1835 -- "Road to wealth leads through the south" - 1865-1900 -- Two collectors - 1892-1894 -- Plume war - 1870-1920 -- Learning to Think like a bird - 1914-1934 -- Shooting with a mike - 1935 -- Camp Ephilus - 1935 -- Wanted: America's Rarest bird - 1937-1939 -- Last ivory-bill forest - December 1937-October 1938 -- Race to save the lord god bird - 1941-1943 -- Visiting with Eternity - 1943-1944 -- Carpintero real: Between science and magic - 1985-1987 -- Return of the ghost bird? - 1986-2002 -- Maps: Collapsing forest -- Mapping the loss of ivory-bill habitat -- Epilogue: Hope, hard work, and a crow named Betty - Twenty-first century and beyond -- Important dates for the protection of birds, especially the ivory-billed woodpecker -- Glossary -- Sources -- Acknowledgments -- Picture credits -- Index.
LCCN: 2003049049
ISBN: 0374361738 (hardcover)
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