It's one thing to slam the commons shut in the wake of the last passenger pigeon
(4) National Museum of Natural History in Cooperation with Public Inquiry Services, The Passenger Pigeon
More than 3 billion passenger pigeons
once lived in North America's forests.
That and the extinction of the passenger pigeon
." (IIS 417-18) Thus Hemingway has young Tom, in fearing both the return of the ice age and the extinction of the passenger pigeon
, conflating the possibility of catastrophic climate change with the already accomplished destruction of a species.
Novak is Lead Researcher on the Great Passenger Pigeon
Comeback, an ambitious project, started in 2012, which aims to bring the passenger pigeon
back to life through an ambitious-sounding process commonly known as 'de-extinction'.
Ben Novak of University of California, Santa Cruz, said: "There's nothing in the data so far to shout at us to turn back now and not bring back the passenger pigeon
A Feathered River across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon
's Flight to Extinction
The exhibition, on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., from October 31, 2014, through February 22, 2015, coincides with two significant environmental anniversaries--the extinction of the passenger pigeon
in 1914 and the establishment of the Wilderness Act in 1964--events that highlight mankind's journey from conquest of the land to its conservation.
Senate before it adjourned Tuesday was to pass a resolution extolling the virtues of conservation on the "centennial of the passenger pigeon
Martha, the last living passenger pigeon
, had died.
The passenger pigeon
, the last of her kind, died at the Cincinnati Zoological Gardens in 1914.
Released on the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon
-- which, incredibly, was once the continent's most abundant bird, exceeding 5 billion and darkening North American skies for days at a time when they migrated -- the report will mean little to people without an affinity for birds.