LONG before Lewis and Clark made their way to the Pacific Coast, members of the diverse indigenous cultures who lived on the rivers and deltas of the region were awakened on spring mornings by the song of the first returning Swainson’s thrushes.
The first sighting of a returning osprey would be widely welcomed, too, knowing the fish the bird would feed upon would soon be back in abundance. These indigenous people, attuned as they were to nature, would also have noted the disappearance of the birds that...
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