A grayscale map of the world with graduated symbols representing in pink observe bird extinctions, blue for fossils records, and orange for undiscovered bird extinctions.

Human-Driven Extinction of Birds

Mark Altaweel

Researchers using models an records calculate that as many as 11% of all bird species have gone extinct since the Late Pleistocene.

Cover of Michael Hannah's book "Extinctions:  Living and Dying in the Margin of Error".

Review | Extinctions: Living and Dying in the Margin of Error

G.T. Dempsey

This book sets out, in some nine chapters, both the ‘turbulent’ journey of that one species living 3.7 billion years ago to the 8.7 million today and the human activity threatening that biodiversity.

Female (upper bird) and male (lower bird) Passenger Pigeons. Reproduced from the John J. Audubon Plate

Centennial of the Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Caitlin Dempsey

September 1, 2014 marks the hundred year anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.  Passenger pigeons were once the ...