From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction

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From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction reveals the compelling story of the unlikely extinction of the passenger pigeon and explores the pigeon’s striking relevance to conservation issues today, such as the alarming depletion of shark species worldwide. For centuries, the sleek long-distance flyer was the most abundant bird in North America and perhaps the world. It was hunted to extinction in a matter of decades. On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon in captivity, died in the Cincinnati Zoo, marking the end of the species, and the upcoming centenary of the extinction event.