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An Eternity of Eagles: The Human History of the Most Fascinating Bird in the World

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From one of the foremost author/naturalists in the country, Stephen J. Bodio, comes a compulsively readable natural and social history of the most beautiful bird in the world — the eagle — with a lengthy introduction by Annie Proulx. The Eagles Shadow traces our love-hate relationship to these “living dinosaurs,” from Neolithic rock art and Native American religion through the practices of Kazakh falconers who use them to hunt wolves, all the way to contemporary art and popular culture. It examines the natural history, evolution, and habits of eagles, as well as contemporary threats like habitat loss and pesticides. The Eagles Shadow is a profusely illustrated celebration of all things eagle, by a naturalist who has kept eagles himself and ridden with the eagle tribes of Central Asia.”

About the Author

Stephen  Bodio was born and educated in Boston. He has lived in a remote rural village in New Mexico for over thirty years, and has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, and especially Asia.

He has written five books, and has been an editor, writer , and anthologist of many more books and magazines. He was on the masthead of publications as different as  English Literary Renaissance and Gray's Sporting Journal, where he also wrote a book review column for twelve years.  He reviewed everything from novels to natural history in publications as various as  Bloomsbury Review, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the London Times Literary Supplement. His articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, the LA Times Magazine, and many more magazines, as well as in literary quarterlies. For nine years he was the first resident faculty member at Sterling College's Wildbranch Writers Workshop in Vermont, recruited by Annie Proulx. His previous book, Eagle Dreams, was about his adventures riding with the Kazakh horsemen of Mongolia.  An except, published in The Atlantic, was included in Frances Mayes anthology The Best American Travel Writing 2002.

Bodio has hunted with falcons for almost fifty years and has bred and trained salukis and their Asian relatives for thirty. He recently completed a book on the natural and cultural history of eagles, and assisted retired Russian scientist and dog expert Vladimir Beregovoy with his translation of a 19th Century Siberian hunters tales. He is now working on a “book of books” about  the best sporting literature of all time. A memoir, a book about the ancient dogs of Central Asia, and a collaboration with his photographer stepson on western travelers in the Szechuan- Tibetan border country, are all in the pipeline.  He still lives in Magdalena with his wife, Elizabeth (Libby) Adam Frishman, a second- generation mountaineer,  archaeologist, and former Outward Bound trekking guide.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Annie Proulx

Prologue

Chapter 1: Natural History

Chapter 2: Eagles of the Mind (Eagles in Religion, Mythology, Art, and Symbolism)

Chapter 3: Eagles as Allies (Falconry)

Chapter 4: Eagles as Enemies

Chapter 5: The Future of Eagles

Product Details

ISBN:
9780762780228
Author:
Bodio, Stephen
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Author:
Bodio, Stephen J.
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 full color photos
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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From one of the foremost author/naturalists in the country, Stephen J. Bodio, comes a compulsively readable natural and social history of the most beautiful bird in the world — the eagle — with a lengthy introduction by Annie Proulx. The Eagles Shadow traces our love-hate relationship to these “living dinosaurs,” from Neolithic rock art and Native American religion through the practices of Kazakh falconers who use them to hunt wolves, all the way to contemporary art and popular culture. It examines the natural history, evolution, and habits of eagles, as well as contemporary threats like habitat loss and pesticides. The Eagles Shadow is a profusely illustrated celebration of all things eagle, by a naturalist who has kept eagles himself and ridden with the eagle tribes of Central Asia.”

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