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Can you imagine a flock of birds so immense it blocks out the sun? Today, it is hard to visualize a group of birds so massive they could darken the sky for miles, but more than a century ago this was a reality in northern Michigan and across the county. Flocks of migrating passenger pigeons once numbered in the billions before hunting and habitat loss led to their extinction. The loss of this amazing bird reveals the destructive power of mankind and still influences conservation efforts today. How did we allow this bird to vanish and what factors played a role in its downfall?
To find out, join the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society on Thursday, October 23 at 5:30 pm, to welcome author and passenger pigeon expert Joel Greenberg. Greenberg will speak about the tragic story of the passenger pigeon and its message to us in the 21st century. Greenberg has over 25 years of experience working on natural resource related issues in the Midwest. He is currently a Research Associate for both the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum and has authored four books, including his most recent work, “A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction.”
Admission to this Harbor History Talk is $5 per person and free for current HSAHS members. Reservations are strongly encouraged as this talk will sell out. Reservations can be made by calling the Historical Society at (231) 526-9771.
Greenberg’s talk begins at 5:30 pm in the second floor Anton Library of the Harbor Springs History Museum at 349 E. Main Street. Arrive early to enjoy refreshments in the museum’s temporary exhibit gallery and explore our exhibit “A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon.”