In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

By Jerome A. Jackson
(Smithsonian Books, Hardcover, 9781588341327, 294pp.)

Publication Date: August 2004

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is both a complete natural history of one of the most exciting and rare--perhaps even extinct--birds in the world, and a fascinating personal quest by the world's leading expert on the species. Jerome A. Jackson provides detailed insights into the bird's lifestyle, habitat, and cultural significance, examining its iconic status from the late 1800s to the present in advertising, conservation, and lore. As he relates searches for the bird by John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, and others, Jackson offers anecdotal tales illuminating the methods of early naturalists, including how Wilson's captive ivory-bill destroys his hotel room in a desperate attempt to escape. Jackson's search for perhaps the last remaining ivory-bill takes him across the United States and into Cuba. He spends hours flying over potential ivory-bill habitat, canoeing through isolated waterways, and trudging through swamps, always playing recorded ivory-bill calls into the wilderness, hoping for a response.
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