The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker by Tim Gallagher

Grail Bird

The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker by Tim Gallagher is an exciting documentary of the quixotic search for a bird thought to be extinct in the United States, the beautiful Ivory-billed Woodpecker. It recounts the history of the bird and the almost complete distruction of it's very specific habitat. I'm reading a signed copy of the book purchased at an Essex County Ornathological Club (ECOC) meeting that Tim spoke at. His position as Editor in chief of Living Bird Magazine at the prestigious Cornell Lab of Ornathology might lead one to think he could be rather stuffy. To the contrary he is an extremely entertaining and funny speaker who puts his audience at ease. Seeing his self deprocating approach must have helped while in the deep south. I'm sure he was skillful at exploring a topic that some would rather not talk about. Saying you have seen an extinct bird can elicit some strange looks. This book chronicles that search and all the conviluted paths that led to his earth shattring sighting. As Tim himself inscribed on our copy of the book "The Ivory-bill Lives!"