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The Passenger Pigeon: From Billions to Zero

by The Staff September 4, 2014


  “Celebration” isn’t quite the right word for this centennial exhibit; let’s go with “memorial.” One-hundred years ago, the last passenger pigeon died in captivity. (Her name was Martha.) A species that once numbered in the ...

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The Secret Lives of Birds

by Darryl McGrath May 24, 2012


  Nature typically grants a species a couple million years on earth, but when you consider all that humans have done to birds in just the last couple of centuries, you wish you could push a ...

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by Shawn Stone July 14, 2011


There are those in the scientific community who have looked at the data and concluded that we’re in the early stages of a mass extinction. Evidence of past mass extinctions dots the geological record, after ...