Primarily the story of conservation programs for birds headed for extinction this is also an autobiography which...

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ON THE TRAIL OF VANISHING BIRDS

Primarily the story of conservation programs for birds headed for extinction this is also an autobiography which incorporates an easy kinship with the world of nature -- and human beings- for the author, a naturalist naturally come by in childhood with his devotion to Ernest Thompson Seton, found his life's work in the Auduben Society and new approaches to studies, programs and campaigns to save doomed birds. The roseate spoonbill, the whooping crane, the Ivory billed woodpecker, egret, flamingo, the labrador duck, the passenger pigeon, the Carolina paroquet, the heath hen -- these take him from Florida to Texas, to Canada, to Nassau and Cuba and the West Indies and the necessity to observe their way of life, their rituals and their migrations allow him plenty of leeway for adventures -- not only with hazardous moments but in friendships, people's interest and many kinds of living. ""The long flight back"", particularly of the whooping crane, is a picture of conservation and protection that has suspense and a sense of fulfillment and that should be important reading in all wildlife areas. Its appeal need not be limited to those whose hobby in birds for it is a life story of a living, working enthusiasm told in alert and lively fashion.

Pub Date: April 15, 1957

ISBN: 1171863012

Page Count: -

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1957