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Flight of the Passenger Pigeon

Sunday, September 14, 2014
12:00 AM
Museum of Natural History

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.