Taking Flight

“After reading this book, you’ll never look at birds the same way. You’ll never look at humans the same way, either.” 

                                 — B.J. Hollars, author of Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds


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Taking Flight: A History of People and Birds in the Heart of America (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, March 2018)

Taking Flight explores how and why people in the Midwest worshiped, feared, studied, hunted, ate, and protected the birds that surrounded them over the last 12,000 years.

It’s based on archaeological reports, missionaries’ journals, travelers’ letters, early scientific treatises, memoirs by American Indian elders, and the folklore of hunters, farmers, and formerly enslaved African Americans.



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