The Passenger Pigeon at “Ding” Darling

Passenger Pigeon

The Passenger Pigeons Flight to Extinction“Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge begins its popular film series on Wednesday, January 6th. The first film will feature naturalist Joel Greenberg and the film From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction. The film will be presented in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center, Auditorium A. It will begin at 2:30 pm and admission is free, however auditorium seating is limited to 100 people.

In Greenberg’s book, A Feathered River Across the Sky, he explains how the passenger pigeon went from literally millions in the mid-19th century to extinction by 1914. In the early nineteenth century, passenger pigeons accounted for 25 -35%  percent of the bird population. The pigeons nested and flew together in massive flocks, but they were vulnerable to hunters who hunted the birds as if they would never disappear. The spread of the railroad and civilization westward also contributed to their demise. The last passenger pigeon died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914.

There are eight films in the Ding Darling Free Film Series this winter. Follow this link for information on upcoming films click here.

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