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  • Tale of passenger pigeon extinction may have had natural twist

    Tale of passenger pigeon extinction may have had natural twist
    One hundred years ago in September, Martha the passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo.
  • Summer Solstice Celebration sheds light on ecological problems

    Summer Solstice Celebration sheds light on ecological problems
    The summer solstice traditionally celebrates the warmth and bounty of the season on the longest day of the year. But the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (the public exhibition arm of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, founded in 1857), celebrates a few days...

    Field has mulled selling artifacts

    Field has mulled selling artifacts
    When the Field Museum sold more than 30 works of 19th-century Western art for millions of dollars in 2004, it eased controversy by announcing plans to spend the proceeds on new artifacts and by holding on to four of the best paintings from the collection....

    A Nature Preserve Where Passenger Pigeons Once Roosted

    A trail winds up the side of a glacial esker to a high point known as Pigeon Hill – a place where the ghosts of a long-extinct species still seem to haunt the forest. High on this rise in the woods of Bristol's Harry C. Barnes Nature Preserve,...

    Review: 'A Feathered River Across the Sky' by Joel Greenberg

    Review: 'A Feathered River Across the Sky' by Joel Greenberg
    On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died in her cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. Her passing marked the end of a species that once was so ubiquitous that enormous flocks, one estimated at more than 3 billion birds, were said to have...