By William Stolzenburg

Rat Island, halfway among Alaska and Siberia, used to be a sanctuary for seabirds, ahead of shipwrecked rats got here ashore and savaged them. it is a standard situation repeating around the oceans of the area: blameless island species less than assault through international predators, and, in recent years, defended by way of their would-be rescuers utilising radical measures.

Peopled with unforgettable characters and propelled by means of perilous event, Rat Island reveals a little-known and hotly debated perform of killing for conservation.

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Merton, even though, had definitely visible sufficient of them useless. among his stints within the bush he have been looking the libraries and museums. He had learn each description of lady kakapos that Richard Henry had written. He had talked with ornithologists and parrot breeders and had tested kakapo specimens from museums around the globe. Poring over the entire specimens, Merton had narrowed his concentration to at least one constant box mark, a sophisticated contrast in plumage among the sexes. the information of the male’s outermost wing feathers have been faintly mottled.

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