In sifting through the ornithological records, Cokinos learned that another brightly colored bird once haunted the skies over eastern Kansas: the Carolina parakeet, long ago driven to extinction by hunting and habitat destruction. Hope Is the Thing with Feathers, a mournful and beautifully written book, offers a powerful meditation on the parakeet's fate, as well as that of other extinct species that lived in North America until the early years of the 20th century: the great auk, the Labrador duck, the heath hen, the passenger pigeon. In a rejoinder to Peter Matthiessen's Wildlife in America, Cokinos celebrates these ghost species, urging the protection of those that remain. "These days hope asks much from us," he allows, grimly observing the carnage that has gone before us. But hope remains, he adds, that some day endangered species will flourish once again. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As I finished it with tears in my eyes, I turned to the first page to begin the journey again!!
The only drawbacks were the very few occasions where the wonderful prose gives way to a dry, almost painful, regurgitation of historical fact.
The book covers the Passenger Pigeon, Heath Hen, Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Labrador Duck and Great Auk.
This is a wonderful book about several species of birds that have gone extinct (or more properly, were driven into extinction) in this country. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jeffrey Williams
This is the definitive book on bird extinction. It also inspired The Lost Bird Project. I have actually gone to see the Carolina Parakeet statue in Florida from that same book... Read morePublished 12 months ago by p. oed
If you buy this book you must buy The Lost Bird Project too. An amazing true story of how an artist was inspired by this book and dedicated his life to preserving the memory of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Susan in Chilmark
This book is about birds that have become extinct. The common link? Man's interference. Killing off these birds, either for the fun of it, for fashion (feathers), or just for... Read morePublished 17 months ago by "Ali"
I'll admit that, judging from the reviews, I'm not a passionate bird lover. I am a person who enjoys scientific non fiction, but this book was a total drag. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sea Otter
An eye opening book on the untimely extinction of six different birds in the late 1800's and early1900's. All the results of man, through overkilling and loss of habitat. Read morePublished 19 months ago by honey badger
This is a very interesting and heart-rending book about the circumstances and possible causes surround the demise of several bird species. Read morePublished 21 months ago by v p.
This book makes you think about what extinction really means- gone. Forever. Forever... meaning infinite. Never again. Maybe they are just birds, but still... extinct forever? Read morePublished 22 months ago by Drake Roby