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The Passenger Pigeon once existed in numbers that defy belief. One nesting colony took up 850 square miles. They migrated in flocks that were measured in many miles. These flocks darkened the skies and took hours and even days to pass overhead. A single moving flock near Toronto in 1860 was measured at one to three billion birds. Yet forty years later the Passenger Pigeon was almost extinct and by the early 1900s was never to be seen again. What happened? Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with JOEL GREENBERG, Research Associate of the Field Museum and the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. His new book lays out all the evidence for the Passenger Pigeon’s sad demise: A FEATHERED RIVER ACROSS THE SKY: THE PASSENGER PIGEON’S FLIGHT TO EXTINCTION.
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