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The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird: The Discovery and Death of the Po'ouli

By: Alvin Powell

Stackpole Books

Hardback | May 2008 | #175136 | ISBN-13: 9780811734486
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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.


Introduction; Eleven Weeks; No More Miracles; The Hana Rainforest Project; The Mystery Bird; Hawaii; The Honeycreepers; The Po'ouli's Decline; Rats, Extinction, and the Battle of Midway; The Hawaiian Forest Bird Survey; Prelude to a Fence; A Fence in the Forest; Back from the Dead; Funerals and Frustration; Breeding in Cages; Saving the Legacy; After Eleven Weeks; Knowledge and Hope; A Forest Bird's Echo; Index.

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