Lecture: Passenger Pigeons, Back from Extinction?


It's been 100 years since ´╗┐Martha, ´╗┐the last passenger pigeon, died in a zoo. Passenger pigeons were once the most common birds in North America, but now they are extinct.

What if passenger pigeons could be brought back from extinction? How could it be done? Might they live agani?

Our speaker, Ben Novak, is on the leading edge of research into reviving the passenger pigeon. He will address passenger pigeon natural history, including misconceptions and misunderstandings about how the birds lived, and he will discuss the most recent discoveries from his reearch into sequencing the DNA of passenger pigeons from museum specimens.

Admission is $5 at the door (free for Museum members).

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm