Chapter topics change randomly from the extinction of the ivory-bill
, to a general Native view of the earth and environment, to a chili recipe (I assumed this was an attempt at humor), to a critical analysis of John Mohawk's Utopian Legacies (1999).
So when a team of scientists declared in 2005 that they had laid eyes on an ivory-bill
in eastern Arkansas, and produced a fuzzy 11-second video as evidence, there was much rejoicing about this "official" sighting.
Alexander Wilson, an early ornithologist who knew both Bartram and Audubon, wounded an ivory-bill
in North Carolina (after killing two others) in 1809.
In fact, the ivory-bill
has been called the "Lord God Bird" because observers were moved to exclaim, "Lord God, look at that bird
Since the early 20th century scientists have been trying to prove the ivory-bill
woodpecker is extinct, dismissing claims of sightings despite many reports to the contrary.
Like, when producers for NPR's ``All Things Considered'' asked the 30-year-old eclectic folk singer to write a song about the ivory-bill
woodpecker - the bird thought to be extinct for the last 50 years until it was recently spotted in an Arkansas swamp - he jumped at the chance, handing over ``The Lord God Bird.
A few months later, another Cornell researcher shot a fuzzy video of an ivory-bill
, and the distinguished journal Science made it official.
But then, in the late 19th century, thousands of acres of woodland were cleared for logging and agriculture and, surprise, surprise, the numbers fell dramatically until conservationists assumed that the ivory-bill
had become the sixth American bird to vanish in the wild since 1880.
Editor in chief of Living Bird, the flagship publication of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Tim Gallagher is a man who couldn't (and wouldn't) accept the idea that the ivory-bill
was gone forever.
like the ivory-bill
there will be unconfirmed sightings and distant
Rediscovery of the "Grail Bird" (as the ivory-bill
is known) has generated tremendous excitement at the Lab of O.
was a natural denizen of old-growth forests in the southeastern United States and Cuba.