The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction

This program is part of The Secret Lives of Birds series presented in partnership with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

In 1914, the world’s last passenger pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo. Since then, its demise has become a cautionary tale: no matter how abundant something is, it can be lost if we are not careful. Author Joel Greenberg has been a birder and naturalist for 45 years, writing and speaking widely about his passion for nature. His new book A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction engagingly tells how the pigeons’ propensity to nest, roost, and fly together in vast numbers made them vulnerable to unremitting market and recreational hunting, and no serious effort was made to protect the species until it was way too late. The story of the passenger pigeon is not just one for the history books; this story is perhaps more relevant than ever. Get the story of the passenger pigeon like you’ve never heard it before and join the conversation for bird conservation. 

Don't miss the other programs in the series, The Beautiful World of the Birds-of-Paradise on September 11 and Bird Sounds: From the Beautiful to the Bizarre on October 21.

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