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
“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.”