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The grail bird

Author: Tim Gallagher
Publisher: Boston, [Massachusetts] ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006. ©2006
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is it about the ivory-billed woodpecker? Why does this ghost of the southern swamps arouse such an obsessive level of passion in its devotees, who range from respected researchers to the flakiest Loch Ness monster fanatics and Elvis chasers? Since the early twentieth century, scientists have been trying their best to prove that the ivory-bill is extinct. But every time they think they've finally closed the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)66288007
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Gallagher
ISBN: 1328859118 9781328859112
OCLC Number: 988087126
Description: 1 online resource (313 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Front Cover; Front Matter; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Epigraph; Map of the Former Realm of the Ivory-bill; Preface; 1. Of People and Peckerwoods; 2. Me and Bobby Ray; 3. Jim and Nancy; 4. Mary, Mary; 5. White River Revisited; 6. A Paradise on Earth; 7. The Boxer; 8. The LSU Connection; 9. The Land of Dead Giants; 10. A Bayou with a View; 11. The Third Degree; 12. Back to the Bayou; 13. Where Sapsuckers Dare; 14. Trying to Prove the Existence of a Ghost; 15. Swamp Rats; 16. The Lazarus Bird; Back Matter; Epilogue; Afterword; Acknowledgments and Sources; Index
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What is it about the ivory-billed woodpecker? Why does this ghost of the southern swamps arouse such an obsessive level of passion in its devotees, who range from respected researchers to the flakiest Loch Ness monster fanatics and Elvis chasers? Since the early twentieth century, scientists have been trying their best to prove that the ivory-bill is extinct. But every time they think they've finally closed the door, the bird makes an unexpected appearance. It happened in the 1920s, and it's happened in almost every subsequent decade. For more than 60 years, each sighting has been met with rid.

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