The End of the Passenger Pigeon
Visitors to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden should be familiar with the statue of Martha the passenger pigeon, who died at the zoo in 1914, the last of her species. Yet just 50 years before, billions of the birds flew the skies of North America. Author Joel Greenberg tells the tale of the passenger pigeon, and its extinction, in his book, A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. He talked with the Cincinnati Zoo’s Thane Maynard about his book, and the demise of a species.