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Author Bales, Stephen Lyn

Title Ghost birds : Jim Tanner and the quest for the ivory-billed woodpecker, 1935-1941 / Stephen Lyn Bales ; foreword by Nancy Tanner

Publ Info Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [2010]
Edition First edition
 RWU Main Library  QL31.T346 B35 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript x, 270 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-262) and index
Contents Foreword / Nancy Tanner -- "Someone needs to write a book..." -- Sabbatical -- The journey begins -- The swampy South -- The ghost bird -- Hot sauce and bird city -- Days of wind and dust -- Has anyone seen a young ivory-bill? -- Westward ho -- Swansong -- On his own -- Back at singer -- A need to move on -- On the road again -- A second nesting season at singer -- On the road again, again -- From the Santee to the sunshine state -- Finding Sonny boy -- I go pogo -- The fellowship concludes -- At home in Tennessee -- Our lives changed forever -- Aftermath
Note "Naturalist James T. Tanner was a twenty-one-year-old graduate student when he saw his first ivory-billed wood-pecker, one of America's rarest birds, in a remote swamp in northern Louisiana. The year was 1935. At the time, Tanner was part of an ambitious expedition traveling across the country to record and photograph as many avian species as possible, a trip organized by Dr. Arthur Allen, founder of the fmed Cornell Lab of ornithology. Two years late, Tanner hit the road again, this time by himself and in search of only one sepcies--that ever-elusive ivory-bill. Sponsored by Cornell and the Audubon Society, Jim Tanner's work would result in some of the most extensive field research ever conducted on the mangnificent woodpecker." "Drawing on Tanner's personal journals and written wirh the cooperation of his widow, Nancy, Ghost Birds recounts, in fascinating detail, teh scientist's dogged quest for the ivory-bill as he chased down leads in eight southern states. With Stephen Lyn Bales as lur guide, we experience the same awe and excitement that Tanner felt when he returned to the Louisiana wetland he had visited earlier ans was able to obseerve and document several of the "ghost birds"--including a nestling that he handledm, banded, and photographed at close range. Investigating the ivory-bill was particularly urgent because it was a fast-vanishing species, the victim of indiscriminant specimen hunting and widespread logging that was destroying its habitat. As sightings became rares and rarer in the decades following Tanner's ramarkable research, the bird was feared to have become extinct. Since 2005, reports of sightings in Arkansas and Florida made headlines and have given new hopeto ornithologists and bird lovers, although extensive subsequent investigations have yet to produce definitive confirmation."
"Before he died in 1991, Jim Tanner himself had come fo believe that the majestic woodpeckers were probably gone forever, but he remained hopeful that someone would prove him wrong. This book fully captures Tanner's determined spirit as he tracked down what was then, as now, one of ornithology's true Holy Grails."--BOOK JACKET
LC subject Tanner, James T. (James Taylor)
Ornithologists -- United States -- Biography
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography
Ivory-billed woodpecker
ISBN 9781572337176 (hardcover)
1572337176 (hardcover)