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The Race To Save The World S Rarest Bird

Author: Alvin Powell
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 081174129X
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• Real-life scientific adventure • A thought-provoking exploration of how the Endangered Species Act works--and how it fails Thirty years ago, researchers discovered a previously unknown species of bird in the rain-soaked and remote mountains of Hawaii. As they studied the creature--which sported a black mask and was called the po'ouli--they soon learned that its population was shrinking quickly, and they worked frantically to find out what was killing the species and how they might prevent its extinction. This fast-paced account of their work, done in one of the world's most inhospitable environments, describes a stirring fight for survival. It also illustrates the challenge of protecting endangered species in a rapidly changing world.

Facing Extinction

Author: Paul F. Donald
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408189666
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An authoritative study of extinction in birds, with case studies of 20 critically endangered species and the research initiatives designed to save them.

Restoring Paradise

Author: Robert J. Cabin
Publisher: Latitude 20
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"In Restoring Paradise: Rethinking and Rebuilding Nature in Hawai'i, Robert Cabin shows why current attempts to preserve Hawaii's native fauna and flora require embracing the emerging paradigm of ecological restoration the science and art of assisting the recovery of degraded species and ecosystems and creating more meaningful and sustainable relationships between people and nature."--Www.Amazon.com.

Lost Animals

Author: Errol Fuller
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408172151
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Caught on camera prior to their demise, this book reveals the surprisingly rich photographic record of now-extinct animals.

The Rarest Bird In The World The Search For The Nechisar Nightjar

Author: Vernon R L Head
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681771063
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Part detective story, part love affair, and pure adventure storytelling at its best, a celebration of the thrill of exploration and the lure of wild places during the search for the elusive Nechisar Nightjar. In 1990, a group of Cambridge scientists arrived at the Plains of Nechisar in Ethiopia. On that expedition, they collected more than two dozen specimens, saw more than three hundred species of birds, and a plethora of rare butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, mammals, and plants. As they were gathering up their findings, a wing of an unidentified bird was packed into a brown paper bag. It was to become the most famous wing in the world. This wing would set the world of science aflutter. Experts were mystified. The wing was entirely unique. It was like nothing they had ever seem before. Could a new species be named based on just one wing? After much discussion, a new species was announced: Nechisar Nightjar, or Camprimulgus Solala, which means "only wing." And so birdwatchers like Vernon began to dream. Twenty-two years later, he joins an expedition of four to find this rarest bird in the world. In this gem of nature writing, Vernon captivates and enchants as he recounts the searches by spotlight through the Ethiopian plains, and allows the reader to mediate on nature, exploration, our need for wild places, and the human compulsion to name things. Rarest Bird is a celebration of a certain way of seeing the world, and will bring out the explorer in in everyone who reads it.

My Mom Is My Hero

Author: Susan Reynolds
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440520291
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This touching collection of stories written by people of all ages and backgrounds will honor the most important woman in everyoneÆs lifeùtheir mother. Sons and daughters can show Mom how heroic she is and how grateful they are for her daily acts of kindness, gentle guidance, solid wisdom, and willingness to always put family first. From a mother who helped her teenage daughter beat depression to one who hand-built a desk from scraps for her aspiring-writer son, this collection provides plenty of stories to uniquely express oneÆs gratitude and admiration for their mother, or mother figure, who played a starring role in their life. Children will be able to give her a gift that touches her heart and that sheÆll be proud to display. Finally, MomÆs everyday heroic deeds will not go unnoticed.

Leviathan

Author: Thomas Hobbes
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 048612214X
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Written during a moment in English history when the political and social structures were in flux and open to interpretation, Leviathan played an essential role in the development of the modern world.

Seeking The Sacred Raven

Author: Mark Jerome Walters
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610911075
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Will the 'Alala ever return to the wild? A bird sacred to Hawaiians and a member of the raven family, the 'Alala today survives only in captivity. How the species once flourished, how it has been driven to near-extinction, and how people struggled to save it, is the gripping story of Seeking the Sacred Raven. For years, author Mark Jerome Walters has tracked the sacred bird's role in Hawaiian culture and the indomitable 'Alala's sad decline. Trekking through Hawaii's rain forests high on Mauna Loa, talking with biologists, landowners, and government officials, he has woven an epic tale of missed opportunities and the best intentions gone awry. A species that once numbered in the thousands is now limited to about 50 captive birds. Seeking the Sacred Raven is as much about people and culture as it is about failed policies. From the ancient Polynesians who first settled the island, to Captain Cook in the 18th century, to would-be saviors of the 'Alala in the 1990s, individuals with conflicting passions and priorities have shaped Hawaii and the fate of this dwindling cloud-forest species. Walters captures brilliantly the internecine politics among private landowners, scientists, environmental groups, individuals and government agencies battling over the bird's habitat and protection. It's only one species, only one bird, but Seeking the Sacred Raven illustrates vividly the many dimensions of species loss, for the human as well as non-human world.

The History And Topography Of Ireland

Author: Gerald of Wales
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141915560
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Gerald of Wales was among the most dynamic and fascinating churchmen of the twelfth century. A member of one of the leading Norman families involved in the invasion of Ireland, he first visited there in 1183 and later returned in the entourage of Henry II. The resulting Topographia Hiberniae is an extraordinary account of his travels. Here he describes landscapes, fish, birds and animals; recounts the history of Ireland's rulers; and tells fantastical stories of magic wells and deadly whirlpools, strange creatures and evil spirits. Written from the point of view of an invader and reformer, this work has been rightly criticized for its portrait of a primitive land, yet it is also one of the most important sources for what is known of Ireland during the Middle Ages.