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Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
Contributor(s): Montgomery, Sy (Author), Bishop, Nic (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0544668294     ISBN-13: 9780544668294
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Published: May 2016


On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last ninety-one kakapo parrots on earth. These trusting, flightless, and beautiful birds—the largest and most unusual parrots on earth—have suffered devastating population loss.

Now, on an island refuge with the last of the species, New Zealand’s National Kakapo Recovery Team is working to restore the kakapo population. With the help of fourteen humans who share a single hut and a passion for saving these odd ground-dwelling birds, the kakapo are making a comeback in New Zealand.

Follow intrepid animal lovers Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop on a ten-day excursion to witness the exciting events in the life of the kakapo.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals - Birds
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature - Environmental Conservation & Protection
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature - Biology
Dewey: 639.978
Series: Scientists in the Field (Paperback)
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 11" W x 9" (0.80 lbs) 80 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 136550
Reading Level: 6.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Montgomery, Sy: - In addition to researching films, articles, and over twenty books, National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery has been honored with a Sibert Medal, two Science Book and Film Prizes from the National Association for the Advancement of Science, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire, with her husband, Howard Mansfield, and their border collie, Thurber.
Website: symontgomery.com
Twitter: @SyTheAuthor.Bishop, Nic: - Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.Visit his website at: nicbishop.com

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
Montgomery and Bishop trek to Codfish Island off New Zealand's coast to bring us a marvelous account of the efforts of naturalists to save the kakapo. Montgomery's in-depth descriptions and Bishop's glorious photographs cover all aspects of the conservation effort. Layered into the account is information on New Zealand's history, its unique biodiversity, and the devastating consequences of human settlement on its fragile ecosystem. Bib., ind. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #4)
The world's strangest parrot is also the world's heaviest parrot, weighing up to nine pounds, and is described here as "sweet-smelling, beautiful, big, soft, trusting, and playful." Montgomery and photographer Bishop once again trek to a remote and exciting locale-this time, Codfish Island off the coast of New Zealand-to bring us a marvelous account of the valiant efforts of naturalists to save a critically endangered species from extinction. We tag along with a small team of field officers from the National Kakapo Recovery Team and nature-loving volunteers as they do everything possible to keep the flightless birds and their offspring alive. This includes sleeping in tents near kakapo nests in order to put warming blankets on chicks the second their mothers leave for food, keeping feeders filled with nutrient-rich foods, and recording every movement and activity using transmitters strapped to each parrot. Montgomery's in-depth descriptions and Bishop's glorious photographs cover all aspects of the conservation effort, from the detailed and sometimes strenuous tasks that the truly dedicated volunteers and officers carefully execute to the rustic accommodations in the communal living quarters that house the team. Layered into the account is information on New Zealand's history, its unique biodiversity, and the devastating consequences of human settlement on its fragile ecosystem. A selected bibliography and an index are appended. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 June)

Gr 5–8—Take a parrot. Color it green. Give it soft, fluffy feathers, and whiskers. Give it sumo proportions and take away its power of flight. Make it nocturnal, and have it nest underground. Aha! A kakapo! Once millions of these rather affable birds waddled all over New Zealand. Reduced (at present) to fewer than 90, the kakapo have been isolated on Codfish Island (free of feral cats, weasels, and stoats—all introduced species) and are now under the strict, careful guardianship of the New Zealand National Kakapo Recovery Team. Montgomery and Bishop were granted 10 days in which to accompany members of the team (many volunteering their time and efforts) as they radio-tracked the birds night and day in their forest habitat, weighed chicks, watched nesting behavior through hidden cameras, and plowed through gale-force winds and torrential rain to monitor the well-being of their charges. Excellent photos and a readable, conversational text provide an intimate look at a concerted effort to save a drastically endangered species unfamiliar to most of the world outside Down Under. Readers who enjoyed this author/photographer team's The Tarantula Scientist (2007) or Quest for the Tree Kangaroo (2006, both Houghton) will gobble up this tribute to ecological science in action.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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