Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest has been featured on the December/January issue as one of Shelf Unbound Magazine's, Shelf Unbound Notable 100 for 2015. Shelf Unbound is a book review magazine and each issue reaches 125,000 readers across the globe!
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By Ellen Paul
This is the truest funniest book about conservation ever written. It will make you laugh; it will make you cry. It will make you itch. Crazyin- a-good-way ornithologist Andy Mack recounts his journey from science geek to sadder-andwiser- though-not-defeated conservation stalwart. It traces the great arc of conservation over the past 30 years: promises of cancer cures to ecotourism to carbon credits and an assortment of conservation paradigms, most conceived of by well-meaning people half a world away.
Mack is the real deal. Starting out as a birder,
by definition someone whose obsession
obliterates common sense, he figured he could see
lots of great birds by working on research projects
in the Neotropics. Shortly after starting grad
school in 1987, his reputation as a sturdy field
worker earned him an offer of a job in Papua New
Guinea funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society, complete with time and funding
for research. All somewhat illusory, as it turned out. With his heart set on PNG, Mack
eventually wrangled a few dollars from WCS and headed into the field with little
preparation, because little was to be had. Unlike the New World tropics, PNG was
nearly a blank spot on the biological map. No field stations. No transportation to or near
the remote area where he hoped to work. Just $10,000 and a stunning ability to ignore
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The Birder's Library
By Grant McCreary
I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be a field
ornithologist – to be out there researching birds, especially in
some far-off, exotic location. Maybe somewhere like Papua New
Guinea? Relatively pristine rain forest, incredible birds like
cassowaries and birds-of-paradise – it sounds wonderful. Well,
I’m sure that Andrew Mack, who spent two decades doing research
and conservation work in Papua New Guinea (PNG), would agree
that it can be wonderful and fulfilling, but… But there are
always complications and many other things to consider, things
that never would have occurred to me, things that Mack
discovered for himself, and recounts in Searching for Pekpek:
Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest.
Read Full Review at The Birder's Library.
By Avery Hurt
You won’t find a lot of cassowaries in this book, just a lot of their droppings. What you will find is a beautifully written, well-told story of a biologist who goes to the Papua New Guinea (PNG) rainforest to live among the native Pawai’ia and do basic research. In the process he learns a great deal about how cassowaries distribute seed throughout the forest, and a great deal more about the challenges and heartbreaks of international conservation. Read Full Review at the Self-Publishing Review.
Researcher bring big bird lore to library
By Stephen Elliott
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:06 AM CDT
“It’s nice to be back,” said conservationist and author Andrew Mack shortly after arriving in Telluride. His first visit to Telluride a decade ago was as a speaker at Mountainfilm when the theme was Papua New Guinea... Read More
March 28, 2014
By Rebecca Ridinger
"Mack's warm and compassionate approach to his writing
creates a book not just for fellow scientists, but one from
which anyone could learn something. "
March 29, 2014
By MaryAnn Gogniat Eidemiller
"Mack's book reads like a page-turning novel with drama, intrigue, and sometimes hilarious incidents..... Mack writes with an intellectual sense of humor inserted in unlikely places, almost comic relief at times that could have been way to serious...."
By Kelly Urban
A local man who has spent a good chunk of his live in tropical Papua New Guinea shares his experiences in his latest book.
Andrew Mack of New Florence recently had his book "Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest" published.
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