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A most remarkable creature : the hidden life and epic journey of the world's smartest birds of prey / Jonathan Meiburg.

Meiburg, Jonathan, (author.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 598.96 MEI (Text) 33500013372115 New Checked out 04/29/2021
Mahnomen Public Library 598.96 MEI (Text) 33500013372123 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781101875704
  • ISBN: 1101875704
  • Physical Description: 384 p.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"An enthralling account of a modern voyage of discovery as we meet a rare and mysterious bird of prey--the caracara--that puzzled Darwin, fascinates modern-day falconers, and carries secrets of our planet's deep past in its family history. In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were "tame and inquisitive... quarrelsome and passionate," and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle. Darwin wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story, but he set this mystery aside and never returned to it. Almost two hundred years later, Jonathan Meiburg takes up this chase. He takes us through South America, from the fog-bound coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical forests of Guyana, in search of these birds: striated caracaras, which still exist, though they're very rare. He reveals the wild, fascinating story of their history, origins, and possible futures. And along the way, he draws us into the life and work of William Henry Hudson, the Victorian writer and naturalist who championed caracaras as an unsung wonder of the natural world, and to falconry parks in the English countryside, where captive caracaras perform incredible feats of memory and problem-solving. A Most Remarkable Creature is a hybrid of science writing, travelogue, and biography, as generous and accessible as it is sophisticated, and absolutely riveting"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    *Starred Review* The Falkland Islands, a remote archipelago mainly known now for the 1980s war, is home to sheep, a few thousand people, and millions of birds. Among these avian inhabitants is one known to early sailors as the flying devil for stealing objects and food from right under their noses. Charles Darwin wrote more about these birds than any other in The Voyage of the Beagle. Meet the striated caracara, the southernmost bird of prey, once common but now a threatened species. Writer and amateur naturalist Meiburg became fascinated with the caracaras when he first encountered them and their forthright, impish gaze, and he's returned every few years to their island home to assist scientists studying the species. In this wonderful combination of travelogue (it makes one want to visit the Falklands), history of science (Henry Hudson was quite the naturalist), and natural history, the reader will meet a bird of prey that will feed on food that other predators would disdain, that would just as soon run as fly, and that is highly intelligent and social. With the curious trust and approachability often found in remote island species, the striated caracaras are truly the most mischievous of all feathered creation. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    *Starred Review* The Falkland Islands, a remote archipelago mainly known now for the 1980s war, is home to sheep, a few thousand people, and millions of birds. Among these avian inhabitants is one known to early sailors as the flying devil for stealing objects and food from right under their noses. Charles Darwin wrote more about these birds than any other in The Voyage of the Beagle. Meet the striated caracara, the southernmost bird of prey, once common but now a threatened species. Writer and amateur naturalist Meiburg became fascinated with the caracaras when he first encountered them and their forthright, impish gaze, and he's returned every few years to their island home to assist scientists studying the species. In this wonderful combination of travelogue (it makes one want to visit the Falklands), history of science (Henry Hudson was quite the naturalist), and natural history, the reader will meet a bird of prey that will feed on food that other predators would disdain, that would just as soon run as fly, and that is highly intelligent and social. With the curious trust and approachability often found in remote island species, the striated caracaras are truly the most mischievous of all feathered creation. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JONATHAN MEIBURG is a writer, ornithologist, and adventurer who's best known as the singer of the band Shearwater. His pieces on science, nature, and music have appeared in The Believer, Talkhouse, and The Appendix. He lives in central Texas.

Subject: Caracara (Genus)
Caracara (Genus)
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / General.

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