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John Wesley Powell Audubon Society

On Thursday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Center for Natural Science (CNS) C101 at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU), Joel Greenberg, naturalist, author, and one of the founders of Project Passenger Pigeon will talk on “The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon.”

Once the most abundant land bird in North America, it is estimated that the Passenger Pigeon numbered in the billions. It’s reported they darkened the sky for hours or even days at a time. Many birds aggregate into large groups but nothing like the Passenger Pigeon did, and yet their decline from billions to zero took only 40 years.  The year 2014 is the centennial of the "impossible" extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.

Mr. Greenberg will present Passenger Pigeon’s life, habits, its interactions with other species—most inauspiciously humans—and its eventual demise.   He will explore the story of the bird and highlight the important lessons that it presents to those of us in the 21st century.

His book has received glowing reviews from the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and other notable publications.

All programs, unless otherwise noted, will be held in room C101 at the Center for Natural Science (CNS), 201 Beecher Street, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU), Bloomington, Illinois.  Enter from Emerson Street to East Street.  Free parking is available in the lot just north of the CNS on the corner of Beecher and East Streets.  This program is co-sponsored by the Beach Lewis Fund of the IWU Biology Department, IWU Environmental Studies program, and JWP Audubon Society.

Contact:  Paula Wager
  Publicity Chair
  John Wesley Powell Audubon Society
  (309) 530-6615