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Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America

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A dynamic account of ornithological history in America’s heartland.    

Today, more than fifty million Americans traipse through wetlands at dawn, endure clouds of mosquitoes, and brave freezing autumn winds just to catch a glimpse of a bird. The human desire to connect with winged creatures defies age and generation. In the Midwest, humans and birds have lived together fo
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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Becky Loader
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have always had a fondness for birds, and Edmonds' story of their intricate relationship with humans is beautifully written. I grew up in a household that knew about the prehistoric native peoples of Ohio, and we had a Bird Stone that sat on my Dad's desk. I was fascinated by its beauty.

Take time to read this one.
Jim Gallen
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Books dealing with nature are often studies of the animals or plants themselves. “Taking Flight” is a study of the interaction between birds and people over millennia in the central United States.
The first chapter provides an overview of what is to come. The second moves on to prehistory, those early inhabitants whose only records are found in the bones they left in their trash heaps, their earthen mounds, their carvings and the paintings on their cave walls. From these we can guess at what the
Jane Considine
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I was lucky enough to hear the author give a short presentation about the book yesterday and recommend both the book and his presentation if you ever have a chance to hear him. Now I want to visit Hopewell in Ohio and Cahokia in Illinois, and the many effigy mounds in Wisconsin. I learned much about native American spiritual practices and beliefs, and also the role of folklore in understanding how humans related to birds. The illustrations -- and there are plenty --enhance ...more
Stuart Malcolm
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book after I saw the author give a talk on this topic and I was very glad I did. A thoroughly researched, richly illustrated tome that will be of interest to anyone in the Midwest with an appreciation of birds or history.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Most of the birds we know today evolved from the dinosaurs of sixty-five million years ago. We, the homo sapiens among us, evolved two hundred thousand years ago. Then twelve thousand years ago, humans moved south from Alaska to new habitats created by the retreating glaciers. And that’s when our story takes off. This interesting book describes the changing ways that people thought about and acted toward birds.

For the early people, birds became powerful symbols as mediators between the upper an
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