Before we get to today's short assignment, I just want to say again how nice it was to see all of you. I'm already looking forward to next week's meeting.
As we discussed, here is today's two-part question to consider--and respond to, below:
We've had a long time to mull over this question, haven't we? But it's still worth tackling, because it helps us understand the ever-evolving American relationship with Nature. After having read over what you've written in your blogs, I think it's a shame for that to your thoughtful analyses to be kept just between the original author and me. So, when you've finished reading the rest of this post, comment on this page with your blog post answers. Feel free to revise and edit as much as you like when you transfer your answers, and make sure not only to directly answer the assigned questions but also to explain the evidence and reasoning that informs your understanding of "what happened to the passenger pigeon" and "what the passenger pigeon meant to the different peoples and eras of American history."
Or you can do that right now, before continuing with the rest of this post--either way. After you've posted, please feel free to respond to your classmates.
Next, we'll be reading about America's relationship with a very different bird in the wonderfully ironically titled "The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History" by Jennifer Price. There are a few pop culture references that you may need to Google, but otherwise, it's an easy, interesting, and enjoyable read.
Below, you will find a one-question survey. For our discussion of the natural history of the plastic pink flamingo, I'd like to have an actual discussion--via Zoom. Respond to the survey below to let me know if you'll be able to make the meeting or whether it may be best to figure out another time, date, or medium. If a meeting will work, I will send out an email to give you the time, date, code, and instructions.
Until then, happy reading!