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Belonging on an island : birds, extinction, and evolution in Hawaiʻi

Author: Daniel Lewis
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This natural history takes readers on a thousand-year journey as it explores the Hawaiian Islands' beautiful birds and a variety of topics including extinction, survival, conservationists and their work, and, most significantly, the concept of belonging. Author Daniel Lewis, an award-winning historian and globe-traveling amateur birder, builds this lively text around the stories of four species - the stumbling  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Lewis
ISBN: 9780300229646 030022964X
OCLC Number: 1165611900
Accession No: (DK-800010)99122024811605763
Description: xi, 306 s. : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Daniel Lewis

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This natural history takes readers on a thousand-year journey as it explores the Hawaiian Islands' beautiful birds and a variety of topics including extinction, survival, conservationists and their work, and, most significantly, the concept of belonging. Author Daniel Lewis, an award-winning historian and globe-traveling amateur birder, builds this lively text around the stories of four species - the stumbling moa-nalo, the Kaua'i 'o'ō, the palila, and the Japanese white-eye. Lewis offers innovative ways to think about what it means to be native and proposes new definitions that apply to people as well as to birds. Being native, he argues, is a relative state influenced by factors including the passage of time, charisma, scarcity, utility to others, short-term evolutionary processes, and changing relationships with other organisms. This book also describes how bird conservation started in Hawai`i and the naturalists and environmentalists who did extraordinary work.

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"Lewis's ideas are well thought-out, frequently innovative, and coherently argued."-Matt Merritt, Bird WatchingWinner of the Outstanding Academic Title for 2018 award sponsored by Choice"The Read more...

 
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