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The Curse of the Labrador Duck: My Obsessive Quest to the Edge of Extinction

Glen Chilton.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781439102473
Pages/Publication Date 305/2009
Daedalus Item Code 10742
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In an 82,000-mile quest for remaining examples of a dead bird, how much trouble can one scientist get into? Here the world's leading (not to say obsessive) authority on the extinct Labrador Duck shares the story of his sometimes frenzied search for the few and scattered histories of the mysterious bird. Glen Chilton set out to examine the remains of every Labrador Duck known, conduct genetic analysis on all Labrador Duck eggs, and visit the sites where each of these ducks was shot—a globe-trotting adventure that saw him risk heavy-metal poisoning in Russia, swim naked in a glacier-fed stream, correspond with a millionaire murderer, and narrowly avoid arrest in New York City.

"For more than four years, ornithologist Chilton visited 30 cities to examine and document 55 stuffed ducks and 9 eggs, all that remains of the long-extinct Labrador Duck. Stuffed ducks might seem a dry topic, but Chilton finds humor in almost all situations, from cultural clashes to the idiosyncrasies of taxidermists, resulting in an entertaining and educational travelogue.... Anyone interested in travel, ecology, ornithology or a well-told story should find Chilton's quest a great read."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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