Title: Rat Island
Authors: Stolzenburg, William
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 279
Year: 2011
Language: English
Description: Islands + birds = paradise, but paradise + rats = DISASTER. With islands home to more than half the world's endangered species, the arrival of introduced predators has had a catastrophic effect on fauna, especially birds. With particular focus on two bird species that evolved in mammal-free environments, New Zealand's kakapo and the auklets from the Aleutian Islands, this book considers the different conservation measures employed to protect these fragile island ecosystems.

Informative and lively, this is a story fraught with ethical complexities, of conservation crusades and radical pest eradication, and the people and animals on both sides of the equation.
Categories: Non fiction, Adventure/Exploration, Contemporary, Environmental, Morals/Ethics, Social commentary/perspectives, 2018 Titles


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By: COROM 002 2020-07-29 13:27:59
We certainly did enjoy this book. It was saddening to read of man's progressive effecting of species extinction. But heartening to read of efforts made to try and remedy some of this. Interesting to read of the extent of this work and N.Z's part in it. Once again, much to ponder and discuss.

By: RICH 009 2020-07-29 13:24:41
Excellent discussion. Several of us are hoping to be able to buy the book. Well-written. Food for thought.

By: ASHB 004 2020-07-29 13:23:30
While the title of the book didn't entice us initially, we all engaged pretty quickly as the writing style was such that it made it very readable. The stories of the men who worked so hard to conserve the birds, were so dedicated and had to withstand such difficult conditions, that we all admired them. We had a really interesting and animated discussion. We all learnt a lot - it showed us the big picture, and the fact that it had so much about New Zealand made it more interesting. We liked it so much that many of us wanted to buy it to give to our children!

By: TAUR 004 2020-03-09 13:45:25
Fascinating. Enjoyed immensely. Some detail re NZ not quite accurate.

By: GERAL 006 2019-06-05 14:59:08
Should be compulsory reading in all NZ secondary schools.

By: CHCH 428 2019-01-18 14:16:57
With this book's strong focus on New Zealand, we gained an excellent understanding of our historical management and (mis)management of pests, especially rats. What a thought-provoking book - it was the catalyst for a lively discussion.

By: WELL 208 2019-01-16 13:38:14
This was the best book of our whole year of book club. Everybody loved it, we had a great discussion, and it has been a talking point all summer. I even got it as a present for someone for Xmas!

By: PICT 002 2019-01-16 13:35:31
Overall comment was " a good, easy and enjoyable read". It was well-written, intensive and well researched. The content is very relevant to the trapping in our local area.

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