By Tim Gallagher
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Explorer and naturalist Tim Gallagher is captivated with infrequent birds. A decade in the past, Gallagher was once one of many rediscoverers of the mythical ivory-billed woodpecker, which such a lot scientists believed have been extinct for greater than part a century—an occasion that brought on a world stir. Now, in Imperial goals, Gallagher once more hits the path, travelling deep into Mexico’s savagely attractive Sierra Madre Occidental, domestic to wealthy natural world, in addition to to Mexican drug cartels, in a dangerous quest to find the main elusive chicken within the world—the imperial woodpecker, a massive between its extended family.
The imperial woodpecker’s trumpetlike calls and particular hammering on giant pines as soon as echoed in the course of the excessive forests. toes tall, with deep black plumage, a super snow-white protect on its again, and a pink crest, the imperial woodpecker had principally disappeared fifty years in the past, although studies persist of the chook nonetheless flying via distant mountain stands. In an try and locate and shield the imperial woodpecker in its final habitat, Gallagher is guided by means of a map of sightings of this common treasure of the Sierra Madre, bestowed on him by means of a chum on his deathbed. Charged with carrying on with the search of a line of individual naturalists, together with the nice Aldo Leopold, Gallagher treks via this mysterious, traditionally untamed and untamable territory. right here, the place an historic petroglyph of the imperial can nonetheless be came upon, Geronimo led Apaches of their final stand, William Randolph Hearst held a storied million-acre ranch, and Pancho Villa as soon as roamed, this present day ruthless drug lords terrorize citizens and scouse borrow and strip the land.
Gallagher’s passionate quest takes a harrowing flip as he encounters armed drug traffickers, burning homes, and fleeing villagers. His challenge turns into a life-and-death drama that would continue armchair adventurers enthralled as he chases fact within the most threatening of habitats.
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