Seeking the Sacred Raven
Politics and Extinction on a Hawaiian Island
By (author) Mark Jerome Walters
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Seeking the Sacred Raven by Mark Jerome Walters
Book DescriptionWill the 'Alala ever return to the wild? A bird sacred to Hawaiians and a member of the raven family, the 'Alala today survives only in captivity. How the species once flourished, how it has been driven to near-extinction, and how people struggled to save it, is the gripping story of "Seeking the Sacred Raven". For years, author Mark Jerome Walters has tracked the sacred bird's role in Hawaiian culture and the indomitable 'Alala's sad decline. Trekking through Hawaii's rain forests high on Mauna Loa, talking with biologists, landowners, and government officials, he has woven an epic tale of missed opportunities and the best intentions gone awry. A species that once numbered in the thousands is now limited to about 50 captive birds. "Seeking the Sacred Raven" is as much about people and culture as it is about failed policies. From the ancient Polynesians who first settled the island, to Captain Cook in the 18th century, to would-be saviors of the 'Alala in the 1990s, individuals with conflicting passions and priorities have shaped Hawaii and the fate of this dwindling cloud-forest species. Walters captures brilliantly the internecine politics among private landowners, scientists, environmental groups, individuals and government agencies battling over the bird's habitat and protection. It's only one species, only one bird, but "Seeking the Sacred Raven" illustrates vividly the many dimensions of species loss, for the human, as well as non-human world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781559630900
(216mm x 146mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 7-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Mark Jerome Walters
Trained in veterinary medicine and journalism, Mark Jerome Walters is author of the widely acclaimed books "A Shadow and a Song" and "Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them." A contributing editor of "Orion" magazine, his work has appeared in "Audubon," "Reader's Digest," and numerous other publications. Walters is currently a professor of journalism and media studies at the University of South Florida. He lives on Florida's Gulf Coast. "
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