When: Thursday, January 30, 2014
What: The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon, an illustrated presentation and book signing
Who: Joel Greenberg, Project Passenger Pigeon and Field Museum
Where: Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 West Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121
On September 1, 1914 the world’s last passenger pigeon, Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. How did this species, once the most abundant bird in North America and possibly the world, disappear so rapidly?
Unlike any other bird, the passenger pigeon likely numbered in the billions and often formed vast, unimaginable aggregations. Single flights were estimated to exceed a billion birds — John James Audubon described a flight that darkened the sky for three days. In 1871 their nesting spread across an 850 square mile span of central Wisconsin. Despite this abundance, exploitation of these birds for food and recreation destroyed the species in the wild by the first few years of the twentieth century. Joel Greenberg will explore the fascinating story of the passenger pigeon, highlighting the important lessons it presents to us today in the 21st century.
Joel Greenberg has over 25 years experience working on natural resource related issues in the Chicago area. He is a research associate of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum in Chicago. Author of three books based in natural history, most recently A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction, Greenberg has taught natural history courses for the Morton Arboretum, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago Botanic Garden. He helped spearhead Project Passenger Pigeon to focus attention on human-caused extinctions.
Presentation at 6:00 PM followed by a book signing for Joel Greenberg’s latest book A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction (Bloomsbury USA, January 2014).
Please register for this free event here: https://passengerpigeon.eventbrite.com