Rare Birds

Rare Birds

The Extraordinary Tale of the Bermuda Petrel and the Man Who Brought It Back From Extinction

Book - 2012
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"Rare Birds is the story of how one man's obsession saved a species. Bermudian David Wingate was born in 1935, the same year a bird found dead at the foot of a lighthouse was identified as a cahow, or Bermuda petrel, by stunned scientists. Cahows, perhaps the most graceful and acrobatic flyers of the avian world, had been thought extinct for more than three centuries -- since shortly after humans arrived on this remote 21-square-mile island and ate them into oblivion. Despite the startling discovery, the possibility of finding these elusive, nocturnal birds alive was considered only slightly greater than that of lunching with Bigfoot. It wasn't until 1951 that American ornithologist Robert Cushman Murphy and Bermudian naturalist Louis Mowbray took a chance and mounted a bare-bones expedition to Castle Harbour, where the birds had last been seen in the early 1600s. Wingate went along for the ride, and when at length a cahow was pulled from deep within a rocky cliffside, it changed his life forever. "I had a calling," he says. "Bringing back the cahow was what I was meant to do.""--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c2012
Description: xi, 240 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780807010761
0807010766
Branch Call Number: 598.168 Geh

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