[CT Birds] Passenger Pigeons revisited

Milan Bull mbull at ctaudubon.org
Tue Feb 25 14:48:21 EST 2014

Feb. 25, 2014
From:  Milan Bull

Introducing the author, and marking the 100th anniversary of the Passenger Pigeon's demise, Connecticut Audubon Society and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies will present Joel Greenberg, author of the acclaimed new book A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction, on Wednesday, March 12, at Kroon Hall in New Haven.

The talk starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Kroon Hall is located at 195 Prospect Street, New Haven.

Greenberg, the author of three previous books, is a research associate of the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum. His presentation, including a selection of photos and illustrations, will compare the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon to the extensive effort being made to save two contemporary birds - Whooping Cranes and Kirtland's Warblers - from extinction.

In addition, the Peabody Museum will display the preserved skins of Passenger Pigeons in its collection. The March 12 talk will be Greenberg's only appearance in Connecticut.

A Feathered River Across the Sky has been extensively praised by reviewers. The New Yorker called the book "equal parts natural history, elegy, and environmental outcry... A painstaking researcher, Greenberg writes with a naturalist's curiosity about the birds... Answering even basic questions about the passenger pigeon requires a sort of forensic ornithology, which gives Feathered River Across the Sky an unexpected poignancy at the very points where it is most nature-nerdy."

The Wall Street Journal said, "Joel Greenberg has done prodigious research into the literature of the passenger pigeon and lays much of it out in this book. For that effort, all who care about the living world owe him a debt of gratitude."

Copies of A Feathered River Across the Sky will be available for sale and to be signed by the author at the conclusion of the presentation.

Although the talk is free, space is limited. Please RSVP to tandersen at ctaudubon.org<mailto:tandersen at ctaudubon.org>.

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