A prizewinning poet and nature writer weaves together natural history, biology, sociology, and personal narrative to tell the story of the lives, habitats, and deaths of six extinct bird species.
“This story – of the ghost species still haunting this continent – is full of power and mystery.”
- Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
“I was mesmerized by this fine book and felt in reading these lost natural histories as if I had both been given a gift and had one taken away.”
- Rick Bass, author of The Lives of Rocks
“Lovingly persistent detective work brings back flashes of color, bits of song, and curious lore. This book deserves a wide and devoted readership.”
- Sheila Nickerson, author of Disappearance: A Map