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Passenger pigeons: the story of the remarkable bird and its extinction

January 30, 2014

Guests: Joel Greenberg

Passenger pigeons once numbered in the billions in North America.¬† Accounts from the 1800s report flocks so thick that they stretched 300 miles and blocked out the sun for days.¬† But amazingly, passenger pigeons were driven to extinction in just forty years.¬† In 1900, a Ohio boy shot the last wild passenger pigeon, and in 1914, the last captive pigeon, Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.¬† Author and naturalist JOEL GREENBERG tells the story of these remarkable birds and their destruction in his book A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction.¬† He comes in today talk to Marty about it.

Photo: AP/Al Behrman

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