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Naturalist presents film on passenger pigeon's extinction

A film by naturalist and author Joel Greenberg, "From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction," is planned at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

A film by naturalist and author Joel Greenberg, "From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction," is planned at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

The film reveals the compelling story of the unlikely extinction of the passenger pigeon. For millennia, the sleek long-distance flyer was the most abundant bird in North America and perhaps the world. Then, in a matter of decades, it was hunted to extinction. On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon in captivity, died in the Cincinnati Zoo, marking the end of the species.

This award-winning film follows Greenberg,"A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction," (Bloomsbury USA, 2014), as well as scientists, artists and teachers that are drawn to this literal teachable moment and its striking relevance to conservation challenges today. The "de-extinction" movement and its plan to bring back the passenger pigeon, is briefly explored. Highlights include breathtaking computer-generated imagery (CGI) animation of massive flocks, as well as astonishing aerials captured by remote control quadcopters equipped with GoPro cameras.

This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jennifer Lust at naturegirljl@hotmail.com or the Northland Arboretum at arboretum@brainerd.net .

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