A Message from MarthaThe Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and Why it Still Matters


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This book tells the tale of the Passenger Pigeon, and of Martha, and of author Mark Avery's journey in search of them. It looks at how the species was a cornerstone of the now much-diminished ecology of the eastern United States, and how the species went from a population that numbered in the billions to nil in a terrifyingly brief period of time. It also explores the largely untold story of the ecological annihilation of this part of America in the latter half of the 19th century, a time that saw an unprecedented loss of natural beauty and richness as forests were felled and the prairies were ploughed, with wildlife slaughtered more or less indiscriminately.

  • The story of a species that became extinct in 2014, but was the commonest bird on the planet 50 years earlier.
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304 pages
198 x 129 mm.

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