Friday, February 5, 2010

Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Tim Gallagher Interview, plus a Lament from the Past

Originally posted 3/30/11 - backdated to organize posts by topic.

Tim Gallagher, ornithologist and author of The Grail Bird, relates his famed sighting of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the Big Woods of Arkansas, seven years ago, in a brief portion of this recent podcast by CBC Radio. The interview begins about 6 mins into the podcast.

The illustration at right is from an article entitled The Passing of Birds by Eugene Strong Rolfe which appeared in The Bay State monthly (1900), now in the public domain.  Rolfe's piece contemplates extinct and endangered wildlife at a time of rampant specimen collecting in the USA stating that:  

It is with keen regret that the mind contemplates the total extirpation of types that have heretofore ministered to our necessities or pleasures.  

This interesting albeit sad read can be found starting on page 413 of the monthly (page 430 of the pdf document), available for browsing or free download at Google books. 

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