Flight of the Passenger Pigeon


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  • Host Department: Museum of Natural History
  • Date: 09/14/2014
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location: Museum of Natural History

  • Description:

    This event highlights the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon as a call to action for modern conservation efforts.  Visitors to the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will enjoy a visit to our new exhibit, A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon

    *  Fold the Flock - Fold origami passenger pigeons to commemorate this iconic species

    *  An art installation simulating the arrival of a flock of 1 billion passenger pigeons

    * Film at 1:30pm:  See the new film about the plight of the pigeon, From Billions to None

    * At 3:00pm:  Poetry Reading by Keith Taylor:  A chance to explore the work of poet Keith Taylor, and to write your own poem about the passenger pigeon

    * From Noon to 3:00pm:  Walk to the Dana Building to see the touring art exhibit Moving Targets: Passenger Pigeon Portrait Gallery commemorating the passenger pigeon. The exhibit includes works by 14 artists living in states where the bird nested.

    Activities at the Dana Building include:

    - Gallery walks guided by Art for the Environment SNRE student Genevieve Leet and program in the Environment students

    - At 12:30pm enjoy a Flocking dance activity with Dance MFA student Patty Solorzano

    - Chalk art with SNRE web designer, photographer/artist Dave Brenner and SNRE students.