The film explores pressing present day issues such as habitat loss and unregulated slaughter on species today such as sharks. A short discussion will follow the film to help focus our thoughts on the loss of the Passenger Pigeon and on the future survival of species worldwide.
Two hundred years ago the Passenger Pigeon was the most abundant bird species in North America if not the world. With a population numbering in the billions migrating flocks were so large that they literally blocked out the sun during their passing. They were so large that Audubon wrote of seeing a flock passing over the Green River and blocking out the sun for three days.
Passenger Pigeons provided food and economic support to our growing nation and they were hunted without regulation. On Sept. 1, 1914 at 1 o' clock in the afternoon Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon on earth, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.
An exhibit on the Passenger Pigeon from The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will be on display in the Museum lobby throughout the month of September.
The film and exhibit are free and open to the public.
Information provided by Julie McDonald
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