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Old 02-24-2014, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction” Joel Greenberg

I came across this article and found it very interesting thought you guys would too! I'm going to have to find this book now.
Jonathan Rosen: Why the Passenger Pigeon Became Extinct : The New Yorker

The passenger pigeon was also the most numerous bird species in North America, and possibly the world, dominating the eastern half of the continent in numbers that stagger the imagination. In 1813, John James Audubon saw a flock—if that is what you call an agglomeration of birds moving at sixty miles an hour and obliterating the noonday sun—that was merely the advance guard of a multitude that took three days to pass. Alexander Wilson, the other great bird observer of the time, reckoned that a flock he saw contained 2,230,272,000 individuals. To get your head around just how many passenger pigeons that would mean, consider that there are only about two hundred and sixty million rock pigeons in the world today. You would have to imagine more than eight times the total world population of rock pigeons, all flying at the same time in a connected mass.

Lord what I would give to go back in time and see that!!!!


By 1910, Martha was the sole survivor, an extraordinary fate for a bird whose ancestors had, in Audubon’s words, sounded—from a distance!—like “a hard gale at sea, passing through the rigging of a close-reefed vessel.”
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