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Title: Band-Tailed Pigeon: Wilderness Bird at Risk ...
Publisher: Timber Press, Portland OR
Publication Date: 2005
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
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"A longtime hunter in the coastal range of Oregon takes stock of his favorite prey, the band-tailed pigeon," reported The New York Times in the summer of 2003. What made Worth Mathewson's writing about the western wilderness pigeon newsworthy is not his elegant evocation of the damp, spicy scent of a Pacific Northwest river valley or his keen observations of bandtails flying high and fast over a canyon. Rather the press took note of an avid hunter blaming overhunting and bad management for the devastation of a species. Wary by nature yet brave under fire, the magnificent bandtail has long thrilled the sportsman. Some attribute the bird's decline to habitat loss, but Mathewson, in this complete natural history, carefully builds his case to the contrary. While trichomoniasis and spraying of broadleaf trees may contribute, the human factor is paramount: a persistently callous attitude toward Patagioenas fasciata may keep it in a downward spiral. If modest protections are lifted at the first signs of recovery, its fate may be sealed. With drawings by noted wildlife artist David Hagerbaumer, color photographs by the author and Margaret Thompson Mathewson, and an extensive bibliography, this finely rendered, affecting portrait of a wild bird with a troubled past is nothing short of a call to action.From Booklist:
The band-tailed pigeon might be mistaken for the common domestic pigeon except for its woodland or mountain habitat and greater tendency to alight in trees. Its range is southwest British Columbia through the Pacific states and Rockies to Argentina. Mathewson offers a history of the bird and discusses its nesting activity, feeding patterns (they eat mostly berries), migration, and predators. In 1932, the pigeon was returned to the list of legal game birds that could be shot, and the gravest dangers the pigeon had ever faced lay ahead. Mathewson describes how more than 100 hunters would gather to shoot the birds. "Cheers and yells and laughter rang out after flocks were shot down." Today, after 12 years of total protection in British Columbia and Washington and a much-reduced kill in Oregon and California because of a two-bird limit, the band-tailed pigeon has seemingly stopped its decline. A moving portrait of this endangered species. George Cohen
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