In less than 200 pages, Thom van Dooren aims in his ambitious book, Flight Ways, to reconnect humans empathetically with the rest of the planet's inhabitants, but especially vanishing species. This is asking a lot, but he succeeds—or at least makes great strides—using evocative storytelling and compelling discourse. A number of themes are carefully woven together with the goal of awakening sensitivities, building understanding, and motivating commitment to stopping the decline of populations and species. As one who works in the field of endangered Hawaiian bird research, I found this book illuminating, thought-provoking, and insightful. It probes deeply into the evolution, ecology, and ethics of our interactions with other species and offers useful lessons for thinking about endangered species and extinction in more meaningful ways. It will likely spur self-examination and further inquiry by readers, which can open new lines of communication with the general public about conservation.
Review info: Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction. By Thom van Dooren, 2014. ISBN 978-0231166188, 193 pp.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Book review: Flight ways: Life and loss at the edge of extinction.|
|Series title||Journal of Field Ornithology|
|Publisher||Association of Field Ornithologists|
|Contributing office(s)||Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|