- This program has passed.
Jack E. Davis, author of The Bald Eagle, in Virtual Conversation with Cheyenne Smith
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack E Davis, author of The Gulf, for a virtual conversation about his new book, The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird, a sweeping cultural and natural history of the Bald Eagle in America. In virtual conversation with Schlitz Audubon Raptor Educator Cheyenne Smith. A Bald Eagle from our Raptor Program will also appear at this Zoom event. Co-sponsored with Boswell Book Company.
The Bald Eagle is regal but fearless, a bird you’re not inclined to argue with. For centuries, Americans have celebrated it as ‘majestic’ and ‘noble,’ yet savaged the living bird behind their national symbol as a malicious predator of livestock and, falsely, a snatcher of babies. Taking us from before the nation’s founding through inconceivable resurgences of this enduring all-American species, Davis contrasts the age when native peoples lived beside it peacefully with that when others, whether through hunting bounties or DDT pesticides, twice pushed Haliaeetus leucocephalus to the brink of extinction.
Filled with stories of Founding Fathers, rapacious hunters, heroic bird rescuers, and the lives of bald eagles themselves, The Bald Eagle is a much-awaited cultural and natural history that demonstrates how this bird’s wondrous journey may provide inspiration today, as we grapple with environmental peril on a larger scale. Vicki Constantine Croke, writing for The New York Times Book Review, says: “Davis shines at most everything in this exuberantly expansive book, but especially at highlighting individual birds like the translocated ones making their way in the world. With eagle numbers now estimated at levels they were before ‘America became America,’ their comeback is astonishing.”
Jack E Davis is the author of the award-winning The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea and An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. He is Professor of Environmental History at the University of Florida.
Free to all.
Order your copy of The Bald Eagle for 20% off list price from Boswell Book Company.