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Hope is the Thing with Feathers - presentation by Joel Greenberg

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Centre for Entrepreneurship, Humber College (Lakeshore Campus)

17 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

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Toronto, ON M8V 4B6

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Hope is the Thing with Feathers: The Story of Three Birds

This talk looks at three birds, each representing a different outcome at the hands of people. With a population in the billions, the Passenger Pigeon was the most abundant bird in North America, if not the world. Yet within a matter of decades, unrelenting human exploitation drove it to extinction. The Kirtland's warbler has since historical times bred in a very limited range and within that tiny area could only breed in jack pines of a certain height and age. In addition, they are heavily parasitized by brown-headed cowbirds. In 1971, there were less than 200 singing males but today, although it costs a million dollars a year, we now know how to maintain healthy populations. The whooping crane was in even more dire straits, having declined to 23 living individuals twice. Extensive conservation work has been devoted to saving this charismatic species, but its fate is still an open question.

About Joel Greenberg

Joel Greenberg has over 30 years experience working on natural resource related issues in the Midwest on behalf of various governmental agencies, NGOs, and private companies. Currently a Research Associate of both the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum, he has authored four books including Of Prairie, Woods, and Waters: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing.(2008, University of Chicago Press.); A Natural History of the Chicago Region (2002, University of Chicago Press); and A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction (2014, Bloomsbury USA).. He co-produced with director David Mrazek the documentary, From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. Greenberg has JD and MA degrees from Washington University.


Partner Booths open at 6:30pm; Talk begins at 7pm

Light refreshments will be available

Space is mobility accessible


Event is hosted by the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre, in partnership with the Friends of Sam Smith Park, the Citizens Concerned with the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront (CCFEW), the Humber Arboretum, the Toronto Ornithological Club, and Quest Nature Tours.

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