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From billions to none: Species destruction and lessons learned

March 6, 2014

Female (above) and male passenger pigeons in a John Jacob Audubon painting.

There were as many as five billion of them. When the passenger pigeons came together to roost or to feed, the sky would darken with their numbers, the air pushed by their wings would whip to gale force. Their population made up fully one-fourth of all the birds in North America, and it’s estimated that they could fly at 60 miles per hour. And within four decades, we killed them all. From billions to none. How could that possibly happen?

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