A Feathered River Across the Sky
September 1, 2014 will mark 100 years since Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. John James Audubon once estimated a flock’s size flying over Kentucky at a billion or more--so many that the sky was black with birds for three days. Naturalist Joel Greenberg presents a shocking account of how this species swiftly became extinct due to overhunting, commercial exploitation, and delayed conservation efforts. For fans of John A. Ruthven’s ArtWorks mural, “Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon," at 15 East Eighth Street near the Main Library.