Late one night while thinking about pheasants, I was pondering the word game. This word diminishes an animal to something of use and fun for people. The game pieces are meant to be a play on words as they literally are a game piece. They are covered in feathers of a "game bird". Just as a board game player places their markers on spaces on a board, they are essentially enacting the invasion or colonization of the opponent’s territory on the board. I see the pheasants’ presence in America to be a metaphor for this. Pheasants, have been used as another way to colonize and assimilate the American continent to suit the needs and desires of the settlers. Pheasants had no say in the matter; they are merely passive pawns doing their best to survive in a new landscape. To me, seeing a pheasant in a landscape is a geographic marker. They are reminders of the complicated journey of this species across continents. I wonder if pheasants know they are not “from” here. Or if they even know where they are from.