Place has multispecies meaning. From their wintering grounds in Central America individual Wood Thrushes (Hylocichla mustelina) have been shown to return over 7500 km to the same place they nested the year before (Stutchbury et al.). With this example, one among many, it is clear that humans are not the only species to have a relationship to place. Just as it has been shown that humans are not the sole proprietors of language and culture (Rendell and Whitehead; Pepperberg and Lynn), place is another fertile territory to disrupt our human-held assumptions about animals
Recommended CitationWatson, Gavan P. L. and Warkentin, Traci, Introduction: Animals, Place and Humans, Animal Studies Journal, 2(1), 2013, 1-7.