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A Feathered River Across the Sky

The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction

Greenberg, Joel

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Feathered River Across the Sky
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Naturalist Joel Greenberg relates how the pigeons' propensity to nest, roost, and fly together in vast numbers made them vulnerable to unremitting market and recreational hunting. His cautionary tale provides a close look at what happens when species and natural resources are not harvested sustainably.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 1620405342
9781620405345
Branch Call Number: 598.168 G7987f 2014
Characteristics: xiii, 289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm

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Greenberg investigates how a species can have a population of 3-5 billion in the 19th century and find themselves extinct in the 20th century. Will the same fate befall other species if we fail to recognize signs and act?


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Feb 05, 2014
  • WALTER ALLAN KUCIEJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very thorough, readable treatment of the subject, sad as it is. I hope we've learned a lesson from it, but I'm not convinced when I see how things are going. A must read for anyone interested in birds, extinction, or human folly.

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