The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species (2020)

The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species Scott Weidensaul The Ghost with Trembling Wings Science Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species A thoughtful examination of the machinery of extinction By turns harrowing and elegiac thrilling and informative Michiko Kakutani The New York TimesThree or four times an hour eighty or times a day
  • Title: The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species
  • Author: Scott Weidensaul
  • ISBN: 9780865476684
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species Scott Weidensaul A thoughtful examination of the machinery of extinction By turns harrowing and elegiac, thrilling and informative Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesThree or four times an hour, eighty or times a day, a unique species of plant or animal vanishes forever And yet, every so often one of these lost species resurfaces Having adventures most of us can only dre A thoughtful examination of the machinery of extinction By turns harrowing and elegiac, thrilling and informative Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesThree or four times an hour, eighty or times a day, a unique species of plant or animal vanishes forever And yet, every so often one of these lost species resurfaces Having adventures most of us can only dream about The Times Picayune , Scott Weidensaul pursues stories of loss and recovery, of endurance against the odds, and of surprising resurrections.
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  1. Melody

    A knockout book Weidensaul is a very, very good writer He s uproariously funny when he s relating hardships from the bush and heartbreakingly understated when he s discussing species teetering on the brink I liked this book so well that before I d finished it I was online ordering everything he s ever written from my library Highly recommended for nature geeks.

  2. Tito the Incognito

    This zoology natural history book is at times depressing to read if you re an animal lover Author Scott Weidensaul describes his travels to a few different places around the world in search of survivors of animal species purported to be extinct Sembler s warbers on the island of St Lucia, ivory billed woodpeckers in Louisiana, thylacines in Tasmania, cone billed tanagers in Brazil , obviously without achieving any success in his endeavor Not necessarily to say that there are definitely no remain [...]

  3. Stephen

    If you follow the world of ornithology, you know the name ivory billed woodpecker, the famous Ghost Bird of the South Is it extinct or not In 2004, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology announced they had rediscovered the bird in the Big Woods of Arkansas but the most revered lab has yet to get clear, indisputable photos of the bird There have been teasing glimpses and tantalizing sounds, but no definitive visual documentation What does that mean Is Cornell wrong And is the Ghost Bird just that Well, n [...]

  4. Weston High School Library

    A powerful and beautiful nonfiction book about animal extinction and all its permutations I didn t give it five stars because I didn t finish it it was a little slow moving for me.However, I did learn a lot about how species become extinct, how human react to this, how we try to save species from extinction, attempt to breed ancient species in contemporary times, and search for mysterious creatures like the Loch Ness monster.My big takeaway was by the time we notice a species is on its way to ex [...]

  5. Katrina

    Terrific I recommend reading this, as I did, with a tablet or computer nearby to look up the animals he mentions Even when the author write about things I wouldn t have thought would interest me, I found myself easily swept up in the topic I can t wait to read of Weidensaul s books.

  6. Katie

    I have enjoyed other books by Scott Weidensaul but delayed reading this one because I was afraid it would be depressing It is not It s a well written and very readable book about people s desire to find lost species and or mythic creatures such as the Loch Ness Monster.

  7. Nancy

    I don t share the author s interest in tracking down elusive species, very tough to read even when I have no other books in the offing have re read.

  8. Jennifer

    review originally written for Bookslut The Ghost with Trembling Wings is easily the most enjoyable science book I have read since The Botany of Desire Tidbits from this book brought up in conversation have made me sound intelligent and well read at parties, and isn t that why we read non fiction The main topic of the book, the search for lost species, is something most of us have thought about Although few people lose any sleep over the thought of an invertebrate species being lost to the void, [...]

  9. trishtrash

    Intriguing and hopeful, Scott Weidensaul s book part travelogue, part natural history, part treatise on humankind s tendency to compromise, annihilate and then, often, venerate a species is somehow far less depressing reading than I expected This is in large part due to his own variety of faith, one shared by most biologists with a personal holy grail of brink of extinction creature the belief in a beleaguered scrap of life being just out of reach and just out of sight, secretive and stalwart ra [...]

  10. Nik Perring

    I read The Ghost With Trembling Wings for pleasure And I was hooked I was glued to it It is a wonderful book.It s written by author and naturalist, Scott Weidensaul, and it chiefly deals with extinction the definition of which I found particularly interesting ie a species is considered extinct if it hasn t been seen by a western scientist in x number of years Not particularly watertight then I ll not go into too much detail I wouldn t want to ruin it for anyone and there s a terrific review at V [...]

  11. Scott

    I have read several of Scott Weidensaul s other books, and I find his writing to be lush in detail, informative, and interesting Although Weidensaul has often written books about birds, and in spite of the title here, this book illustrates the breadth of his naturalist credentials Extinct birds or birds on the shadowy fringe of existence due to extremely small populations and or shrinking habitat figure prominently, but there are also excursions to Tasmania to search the last known haunts of the [...]

  12. Lynne Pennington

    I loved the book but hate something like this has to be written Extinction has been going on as long as there has been an earth and critters of all kinds on it BUT, the fact that it is not nature or natural processes fueling the current extinction gives the lie to the myth than homo sapiens is somehow superior to other life forms, or has much in the way of rational reasoning power The disappearance of habitat is critical, and for what Often to grow crops for fuel Money is the name of the game, a [...]

  13. Ryan

    Ostensibly about the author s attempts, or accounts of those of others, to rediscover supposedly extinct animals mostly birds , with some off tangent forays into cryptozoology, which I felt to be off topic While the author seems to be an optimist who harbors hopes that many species remain even though labelled extinct, I could not share his enthusiasm given the sheer pervasiveness of humanity that has left its mark on every square inch of this planet I even think it dangerous to encourage the tho [...]

  14. Emily Crow

    A fascinating look at the power that extinct species has on the human psyche Some people long for a particular vanished animal, like the ivory billed woodpecker or the thylacine, and continue to search for it Alleged sightings continue decades after most biologists have agreed that the creature is extinct Some people are not satisfied to simply look and hope, but have tried to recreate these missing creatures through breeding programs or cloning experiments Finally, there is a chapter on the rea [...]

  15. Raven

    Weidensaul does a great job of writing about a subject in terms that the average person can understand The biological and preservation field that the book covers can be laden with scientific terms and jargon trust me I studied it briefly and sometimes my head would hurt It covers a range of topics such as lack of evidence not necessarily being lack of specimens, sightings, new discoveries, cloning, and that pesky ivory billed woodpecker As an animal lover it opened my eyes to several aspects of [...]

  16. Gbug

    Despite what the title may imply The Ghost with Trembling Wings Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species by Scott Weidsensaul is not only about birds Wiedsensaul sets out on a quest to find species that are thought to be extinct If you are a birder you may have chased a particular bird this is similar but on a much grander scale.Species that have been declared extinct have years later been found So it s not so far fetched What a life this guy leads, going on worldwide adventures [...]

  17. Emily

    Purchased on clearance because I was in Australia and out of reading material, I expected the Ghost with Trembling Wings to be dry or overly philosophical, but I was wrong Each chapter focuses on a different species and a different aspect of species preservation, lost species, and even cryptozoology Readable and fascinating, the book has a refreshing hopeful tone without ignoring the alarming rate at which species are disappearing I particularly enjoyed the fact that Weidensaul actually got out [...]

  18. Elizabeth

    Of course it has a fabulous hook, species which may or may no be extinct, and the mysteries which surround last sightings and mythical recordings etc Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence as a central edict He writes with the grace of a mystery writer, pulling us along, interweaving species risky survival, rud demise, and leaves us hanging as to what really happened, making us read, turn those pages, until the next chapter, the next ideological geographic link This is a book of ideas an [...]

  19. John

    While not labeled as a book about conservation or environmentalism, this book covers both topics well It the exploration of extinct species we learn about the impact that humans have had on the planet it is inevitable that species will become extinct, even without human intervention However, we have had some impact in the years that we ve existed.This book helped me see the impact that everyone has on the environment, whether intended or not.

  20. Debbie

    After reading Living on the Wind, I tried this one out Instead of migration, he writes about extinction and the ways we think about it or deny it The Ivory billed Woodpecker is the big chapter, since it s been such an obsession recently, but the other extinct species get their due The retelling of the last days of the last Passenger Pigeon made me a little weepy.

  21. Katie

    I read this book last semester for a paper on animal conservation It was pleasantly written so that I really enjoyed the project Through Weidensaul s research I really learned a lot about how destructive mankind has been in the past.

  22. Maryanne

    The Ghost with Trembling Wings 11092006 Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species Scott WeidensaulApproximately 30,000 species of animals and plants go extinct every year.

  23. Susan

    Please read chapter 4 To paraphrase, If ferrets were the size of dogs, no one would be able to leave their house Grins

  24. Amy

    I enjoyed this book much than I expected, given the subject matter It was well written and engaging, I just wish it were a little recent.

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