Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 1:30-3:30pm
Join us for a discussion of the book “Hope Is the Thing With Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds”, by Christopher Cokinos at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown. The book discussion will be followed by a nature walk. You can read all, some or none of the book’s chapters to join in the informal discussion and walk. Light refreshments will be served. Meet inside the museum building. $4.00 activity and $8.00 parking fee. Call (631) 786-4640 for more details and to sign up!
Call (631) 786-4640 for more details and to sign up!
Here is a poignant, beautifully written account of the context and circumstances of the extinctions of six North American birds: the passenger pigeon, Carolina parakeet, ivory-billed woodpecker, heath hen, Labrador duck, and great auk. Cokinos, a poet and English professor at Kansas State University, traveled to where these birds lived, sifted through archives and libraries, and interviewed authorities and witnesses. Far from being a sentimental sojourn, his well-researched book takes an engaging, lively look at American history and science as well as the possibility of re-creating vanished creatures through DNA cloning. With increased extinctions looming worldwide, it provides a well-advised cautionary tale–and much more as well. Highly recommended. -Henry T. Armistead, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
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