The story of an epic extinction


The passenger pigeon was unlike any other bird. It probably numbered in the billions, making it the most abundant bird in North America — if not the world. But this huge population was neither evenly distributed across the landscape nor was it any way cryptic: the species often formed aggregations so vast they are difficult for us to imagine.

On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last of the species, died in the Cincinnati Zoo. Join Audubon and author Joel Greenberg, Research Associate, Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum, to explore the story of the bird and highlights the important lessons that it presents to those of us in the 21st century.

WHERE: Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol

WHEN: 7 p.m.; Tuesday, March 11

COST: Members: $10; non-member $12

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