Pilgrims of the Air: The Passing of the Passenger Pigeons

Pilgrims of the Air: The Passing of the Passenger Pigeons

Authors: Foster, John Wilson

Publisher: New York Review Books

ISBN: 9781910749333

Classification: Fiction

Synopsis: This is a story of a scarcely credible abundance, of flocks of birds so vast they made the sky invisible. It is also a story of a collapse into extinction so startling as to provoke a mystery. In the fate of the North American passenger pigeon we can read much of the story of wild America—the astonishment that accompanied its discovery, the allure of its natural “productions” the ruthless exploitation of its “commodities” and the ultimate betrayal of its peculiar genius. And in the bird’s fate can be read, too, the essential vulnerability of species, the unpredictable passage of life itself.

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