Passenger pigeon author Joel Greenberg to speak July 10

Local author, naturalist and environmental consultant Joel Greenberg will present a free program courtesy of DuPage Birding Club at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, on the lower level of Faith Lutheran Church, 41 N. Park Blvd., in Glen Ellyn.

Greenberg, of Westmont, will discuss the life and legacy of the passenger pigeon, a species that went extinct 100 years ago after once being the most abundant bird in North America.

His latest book, “A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction,” was published this year to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the pigeon’s demise. Copies will be available for purchase, and the author will sign them.

In 2010, Greenberg founded Project Passenger Pigeon, a national organization with more than 150 participating institutions. “P3” was created to maximize a “teachable moment,” connecting the passenger pigeon’s fate with how we live today. The project aims to promote the conservation of species and habitat, strengthen the relationship between people and nature, and foster the sustainable use of natural resources.

A documentary, “From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction,” debuted this month. Greenberg co-produced the film, working with director David Mrazek.

Greenberg serves as a research associate at Chicago’s Field Museum and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. His previous books include “A Natural History of the Chicago Region” (2004) and “Of Prairie, Woods, and Water: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing” (2008). He co-authored “A Birder’s Guide to the Chicago Region” in 1999.

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