Flight of the Passenger Pigeon

Painting of the Passenger Pigeon,  Ectopistes migratorius,  by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874–1927). Juvenile (left), male (center), female (right). Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Painting of the Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius, by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874–1927). Juvenile (left), male (center), female (right). Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Join us on February 20 for a book talk with naturalist and author Joel Greenberg.  In the early 19th century up to 40 percent of North America’s birds were passenger pigeons, traveling in flocks so massive as to block out the sun for days. Although billions of passenger pigeons once populated the continent, they became extinct in 1914 when the last of the species, Martha, died in captivity.  Joel’s new book, A Feathered River Across the Sky, relates in gripping detail how the pigeons’ propensity to stay together in vast numbers made them vulnerable to unremitting market and recreational hunting.  Joel will highlight many of the human stories that were intertwined with that of the pigeon, as well as explain how the story of the passenger pigeon provides a cautionary tale of what happens when species are not harvested sustainably.

Joel Greenberg and his mounted passenger pigeon, Heinrich.

Joel Greenberg and his mounted passenger pigeon, Heinrich.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS

•  Musical accompaniment

•  View excerpts from the documentary
From Billions to None.

•  Books available for purchase and signing

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Male Passenger Pigeon by Hayashi and Toda (1920) from Wikimedia Commons.

Male Passenger Pigeon by Hayashi and Toda (1920) from Wikimedia Commons.

DATE:  Thursday, February 20

TIME:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

COST:  $15

($5 students with ID; $10 Brushwood Center, Conserve Lake County or Lake Forest Open Lands members).

REGISTER:    Click here to register, or call 847.968.3321.

LOCATION:   Greenbelt Cultural Center                                                         1215 Green Bay Rd                                                                     North Chicago, IL 60064

Call 847.968.3344 for group discounts.

Presented in partnership with Conserve Lake County, EcoMyths Alliance, Lake County Forest Preserves,  Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest CollegeLake Forest Open LandsLiberty Prairie Foundation and Wildlife Discovery Center.

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REVIEWS OF A FEATHERED RIVER ACROSS THE SKY:

The New Yorker, Jonathan Rosen 

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2014/01/06/140106crbo_books_rosen?currentPage=all

The New York Review of Books, Elizabeth Kolbert

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/jan/09/pigeons-they-covered-sky/

Chicago Reader, Sam Worley

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/joel-greenberg-feathered-river-passenger-pigeon/Content?oid=12067753

A moving blog post/review

http://www.conservationbigyear.com/book-review-joel-greenbergs-a-feathered-river-across-the-sky-the-passenger-pigeons-flight-to-extinction/

A nice timeline on the Passenger Pigeon from BirdWatching Magazine

http://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/blog/2014/01/09/from-billions-to-none-a-passenger-pigeon-timeline/

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