The Keepers of the Ghost Bird
Winner of the 2018 John Burrough’s Association Nature Essay Award
The Keepers of the Ghost Bird chronicles the astonishing rediscovery of the Bermuda petrel, believed to have been extinct since 1625. It is the story of a tenacious bird and the naturalists who now fight to save it, amid the degradation of habitat in Bermuda. Dean’s tale of unlikely resurrection blends ecological and human history to weave a vivid and poetic tale of optimism and courage, a heartfelt portrait of human ingenuity and biological survival.
Now anthologized in When Birds Are Near: Dispatches From Contemporary Writers, Edited by Susan Fox Rogers.
The Keepers of the Ghost Bird is nature writing at its finest—a fluid blend of natural and human history, vivid images of the cahows’ rugged home, a heartfelt plea for bird conservation, and the story of a personal quest and discovery.”
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