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Derks seeks to answer why the pileated woodpecker has survived in a changing environment, and its cousin, the ivorybill, is now probably extinct.
Wood carving enjoys a rich tradition in North Carolina. Wildlife animals are frequent subjects in the western part of the state, where Cherokees and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown help keep the craft alive. Derks discusses the work of Cherokee carvers Goingback Chiltosky, Amanda Crowe, and Virgil Ledford.
Once covering 1.4 million acres, the Great Dismal Swamp has been reduced to 210,000 acres over the last 200 years. Eroding water tables, 200 years of logging, especially of the Atlantic white cedar, and an elaborate network of ditches cut through the swamp have all contributed to the reduction of this mysterious, dank, and nearly impenetrable area. Yet, the swamp stubbornly clings to survival.
Rare old calendars of the late 19th- and early 20th-century give a nostalgic look at hunting as it existed then and are collector's items today. Many of the artists labored in obscurity, but some, including Edmund H. Osthaus, became well-known.