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Ivorybill Hunters: The Search for Proof in a Flooded Wilderness.

IVORYBILL HUNTERS: The search for Proof in a Flooded Wilderness GEOFFREY E. HILL

At the start of this century, most naturalists thought the ivory-billed woodpecker had been hunted to extinction. In 2005, a team from the famed ornithology department at Cornell University stunned the birding world by announcing that it had found the elusive ivorybill in the wetlands of eastern Arkansas. However, the excitement was tempered by skepticism from other researchers, In this book, Hill, an ornithologist at Auburn university, documents his own search for the ivory-billed in the northern pan-handle of Florida. As luck would have it, within an hour of entering the Choctawhatchee River, he and a companion felt sure that they saw an ivory-billed. The researchers' next mission would be to get a documented sighting and a sound recording worthy of reporting in a scientific journal. Hill devotes the remainder of his story to recounting how he followed leads from amateur birders and attempted to navigate the confusing system of rivers and creeks in the supposed ivory-billed habitat. He also reviews the science behind the Arkansas announcement. Oxford, 2007, 260 p., b&W photos, hardcover, $24.95.
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Title Annotation:Books: A selection of new and notable books of scientific interest
Publication:Science News
Date:Jun 2, 2007
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