From Billions to None
The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction

 

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"A handsome film...its message well worth listening to."

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From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction reveals the compelling story of the unlikely extinction of the passenger pigeon. For centuries, the sleek long-distance flyer was the most abundant bird in North America and perhaps the world; it was hunted to extinction in a matter of decades. On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon in captivity, died in the Cincinnati Zoo, marking the end of the species.

This award-winning film follows naturalist and author Joel Greenberg, A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction, (Bloomsbury USA, 2014), scientists, artists and teachers who are drawn to this literal teachable moment, and its striking relevance to conservation challenges today. Highlights include recreating the breathtaking natural phenomenon of massive flocks of passenger pigeons with cutting edge CGI animation, as well as astonishing aerials captured by remote control quadcopters equipped with small HD cameras. In addition, the "De-extinction" movement, and its plans to bring back the passenger pigeon, is briefly explored.

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American Conservation Film Festival Broadcast Award Winner - 2014