Almost 100 years ago, we drove the most abundant bird species in North America extinct. They were sleek and beautiful, and were also a cheap source of protein and fun to shoot at. They were called passenger pigeons— not to be confused with carrier pigeons or the homing pigeons of today.
“Why,” you might ask, “should I care about pigeons, especially ones that are extinct?”
Because these birds are proof that super abundance is not enough to protect a species from extinction. All species are vulnerable. As late as the 1860s, huge passenger pigeon flocks in migration still darkened North American skies. But by 1900, none could be found in the wild. And on September 1, 1914, Martha (named after Martha Washington), the last surviving captive passenger pigeon, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.
From Billions to None:
The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction
will use the centennial of the passenger pigeon's demise and its story to explore today's issues of habitat survival and species extinction.
The anniversary year of 2014 offers a unique opportunity for a film to dramatize lessons of the past that offer solutions to the challenges of species sustainability in our future.
Find out more about why these birds matter and how this film documentary will help drive the vital cause of species survival to the widest possible audience. Go the our Fundraising Campaign Page.