Current Arb Happenings

Sep 28

Passenger Pigeon Commemoration

Help commemorate the Passenger Pigeon which became officially extinct 100 years ago in September, 1914. History, readings, and treats!

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
4:00 – 5:30 pm / North Lawn of Olin Hall
Passenger Pigeon Commemoration

Once the most abundant bird in North American, the Passenger Pigeon became officially extinct 100 years ago in September, 1914. Learn about the biology of this bird, the historic value of the bird to the people and the ecosystem, how humans contributed directly to its loss, and what lessons we can learn about species conservation. We will read passages from Aldo Leopold, work from contemporary authors, and the recollections of a former Northfield resident.  Join us for Pigeon related refreshments afterwards. Meet under the bur oak tree between Olin Hall and Boliou Hall, where Passenger Pigeons likely roosted before Carleton College was established.  In case of rain, meet in the Olin Hall Lobby.

 Painting of Passenger Pigeon by L. A. Fuertes

Sponsored by Arb Studies. Contact: Nancy Braker, x4543