The Echo of Their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon

41eQfHGpm+L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Author, naturalist, and life-long birder Joel Greenberg will visit Carbondale on Tuesday August 19 for a lecture at the Southern Illinois University Student Center Auditorium. Sponsored by Shawnee Chapter and SIU Sustainability, the program will begin at 7 pm.

Greenberg is the author of the newly published A Feathered River Across the Sky– The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction, the first major work on the bird in over fifty years and co-producer with director David Mrazek of the documentary movie From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction.

From Publisher’s Weekly, September 30, 2013

2048x1429“Greenberg pulls together a wealth of material from myriad sources to describe the life and death of this species, describing the majesty of millions flying overhead for hours as well as the horror of tens of thousands of birds being slaughtered while they nested . He also examines the larger lessons to be learned from such an ecological catastrophe—brought on by commercial exploitation and deforestations, among other causes—in this “planet’s sixth great episode of mass extinctions.” Greenberg has crafted a story that is both ennobling and fascinating.”

Rend Lake Field Trip

Great blue heron. Photo borrowed from Rend Lake.com website.
Great blue heron. Photo borrowed from Rend Lake.com website.

Shawnee Audubon Chapter of Illinois Audubon will be holding a bird watching field trip to Rend Lake with the focus on shorebirds. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. in the back of the parking lot of the Illinois Artisans Shop off Exit 77 of I-57. The field trip is free and open to the public.

Those interested should dress for the weather and bring drinking water and binoculars. We will carpool to Ward Branch Wetland area and possibly others and we should conclude around noon. A spotting scope will be available. Expect to walk through grasses and brush.

Call 618-564-2079 or e-mail Ann for further information. Registration is not necessary, but sure would be helpful! Thanks!

Pope County Spring Bird Counts

May 10 & 11 – The Shawnee Chapter will hold its Spring Bird Count in Pope County. Anyone interested in helping should notify Ann Douglas at 618-564-2079 for maps and areas. We can especially use volunteers to do owling hours during the early morning or evening hours.