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
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
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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