Ann Arbor Weather:
Thursday October 19, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Scott Weidensaul

 

continued

it all together in an evocative prose style that raises his work out of its generic limitations. His last book, Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, was short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize.

Weidensaul has just published The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species, a much quirkier book that's even more interesting for its quirks. He recounts the search for animals that probably never existed — like the remnant dinosaur famously resident in that lake in Scotland, or feral panthers prowling the moors of England. "We paint the blank spots on maps with our deepest fears and secret longings," he writes, "and today we still grasp at straws, unwilling to admit that we've wrung most of the mystery out of the world."

But Weidensaul is primarily interested in stories about attempts to rescue species that border on extinction. A memorable chapter details efforts to save the black-footed ferret, a graceful weasel-like creature that lives with and feeds on prairie dogs. As the prairie dogs were largely eliminated to make way for cattle, the ferrets all but disappeared. Several times we thought they were extinct, and then small populations were discovered in remote areas. Our first efforts to save them seemed to do more harm than good, but recently, Weidensaul tells us, we've gotten better at it, reintroducing ferrets bred in captivity back into the wild.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Photo: Gallup Park
Nightspots: Habitat Lounge
Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret
Township and Village Governments
Coffee Makes Way for Wellness
Espresso Royale leaves a changed Main St.
Catherine Zudak
Barroom Roots
Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils
James M. Manheim
Cosmogonic Tattoos
Jim Cogswell's ode to U-M artifacts
Lindsay-Jean Hard
Golf in a Box
Saline Scores X Golf
Billie Ochberg
Community Services - Senior Services
Stop Sign at Oakbrook
Question Corner: August 2017
Tim Athan
John Shultz photography and Portrait Studio in Ann Arbor since 1982