Passenger Pigeons in the News
January 2014: Joel Greenberg's book, A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction (Knopf, January 2014) not only is a good resource, but provided an opportunity for lots of interviews with Joel (like NPR's Diane Rehms), and lots of articles about passenger pigeons (like this one in The New Yorker and this one from WBEZ/NPR in Chicago). It's worth doing a Google search and seeing what you come up with!
As for printed resources, you should pick up both Joel's book and A.W. Schorger's The Passenger Pigeon (now out of print, but the classic resource and very reliable). A.W. Schorger was the last historian able to talk to people who remembered the passenger pigeon. In addition, he spent ten years of his life combing local primary source material, so don't be turned off because of the older publication date. If you're interested in passenger pigeons, you want Schorger's book.
Also, the May-June 2014 issue of Audubon Magazine features several articles about passenger pigeons...
Bringing Passenger Pigeons Back to Life Using DNA
- March 1, 2013: "Jurasic Species: A Drive to Revive Extinct Species," Wall Street Journal
- March 15, 2013: "The Plan to Bring the Iconic Passenger Pigeon Back from Extinction," Wired Science
- March 18, 2013: "So You're Extinct? Scientists have Gleam in Eye," New York Times
- April 2013: "Bringing Extinct Species Back to Life," National Geographic Magazine
- February, 27, 2014 "The Mammoth Cometh," New York Times Magazine
(This is a sampling of these articles. There's more online if you search. Definitely check out the website below -- amazing!)
Long Now Project to Revive the Passenger Pigeon Using DNA
Check this out here: http://longnow.org/revive/projects/
Project Passenger Pigeon
2014 is the one hundred year anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon, Martha. She died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. Joel Greenberg, a naturalist, is leading this effort to remember the passenger pigeon and museums across the country are joining in. Here's a link: passengerpigeon.org.
And now, a random pigeon video...
Okay, this last video is NOT about a passenger pigeon at all. This is actually a rock pigeon (I think) flying as fast as an Australian vehicle. Birds fly quicker than you might think, and passenger pigeons? Flew faster than this... Thinking about passenger pigeons will BLOW your mind...