John Wilson Foster FRSC – Pilgrims of the Air: the Passing of the Passenger Pigeons

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Host: University of Oregon
Location: Knight Library Browsing Room 1501 Kincaid St, Eugene, OR 97403
Speaker: John Wilson Foster

Come along to a reading, reception and book signing with author of Pilgrims of the Air: The Passing of the Passenger Pigeons, John Wilson Foster at the Knight Library at the University of Oregon on 24th October at 7pm.

The book 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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