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Rare Birds

Rare Birds by Elizabeth Gehrman
Jul 14, 2015 | 252 Pages
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    Jul 14, 2015 | 252 Pages

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    Oct 09, 2012 | 256 Pages

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    Oct 09, 2012

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“There’s nothing more exciting than a comeback story, and this is one for the ages. You will quickly find yourself rooting for cahows, or Bermuda petrels, a bird you likely didn’t even know existed before opening these pages. And you’ll be swept along by Elizabeth Gehrman’s clean, racing prose as you learn about the threats the petrels face–including Snowy owls, DDT and the American military–as the species fights its way back to life. Finally, you’ll meet the rarest bird of all, David Wingate, the gentle, stubborn, charming quixotic bird-man, who has staked his whole life on playing midwife to the bird’s return.”
— David Gessner, author of Return of the Osprey

Read Elizabeth’s book  if you care about nature and despair whether man can harmonize with it. Read Rare Birds if you need a human hero, for David Wingate surely is one, and love animals, for you will surely love his Bermuda petrels. Read this extraordinary tale of a seemingly-extinct breed of bird and the man who rescued it if you are heading to Bermuda, or anywhere, and want to bring a book you will relish, remember, and want to give as a gift.”Larry Tye, author of Superman and Satchel
“There are few success stories in the efforts to stop the relentless assault on the species we share the planet with, and Rare Birds is a lovely chronicle of one of them. The story of Wingate’s heroic efforts to bring the docile cahow back from the brink of extinction is unassumingly but beautifully told, and chockfull of fascinating natural history. It captures the particular fragility and intensity of the life on islands, including that of the protagonist himself.”Alex Shoumatoff, Vanity Fair contributing editor
“Vanishing species these days are a dime a dozen. The truly rarer bird is the human being whose life stands between a creature and its permanent oblivion. David Wingate is a truly pivotal person on whom the fate of a whole species turned. It’s a remarkable seabird whose existence depended on this rare man. And this book, rendered with style and grace, is his story.” Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean and The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
Gerhman’s detailed account of Wingate’s life demonstrates what amazing feats can be accomplished given sufficient time and determination. Environmentalists and bird lovers alike will enjoy this look at the restoration of an endangered bird.”—Kirkus
“Wingate’s single-minded passion and his ability to foster the birds, habitat, and Bermudans’ environmental awareness should make readers wish for more ‘rare birds.’” —Publishers Weekly

“The fascinating tale of one man’s fight to save the cahow, a bird believed extinct since the early 1600s.’” —Kirkus Reviews

From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents


Chapter One: The Bird Man of Bermuda
Chapter Two: The Spoyle and Havock of the Cahowes
Chapter Three: Seeking the Invisible
Chapter Four: Unraveling the Mysteries
Chapter Five: Building a New, Old World
Chapter Six: A Discouraging Decade
Chapter Seven: Coming of Age
Chapter Eight: A Habitat Takes Shape
Chapter Nine: Leaving the Nest
Chapter Ten: Loose Ends and Ill Winds
Chapter Eleven: Moving On, Coming Home


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