Documentary on the Extinction of Passenger Pigeons at JJC Oct. 1

The Joliet Junior College Natural Sciences Department invites the public to a viewing of the film, “From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction,” on Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Main Campus in D-2001, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

The one-hour documentary focuses on the factors that led to the extinction of the passenger pigeon in the early 1900s. Records state that the last passenger pigeon in captivity died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.

While the passenger pigeon once had an abundant population, JJC Professor Andy Neill said this documentary is a reminder that if enough resources are depleted, extinction can happen to any animal.

“Other once abundant species, such as the monarch butterfly and the honeybee are facing a similar fate as the passenger pigeon,” he said. “Extinction is a sobering reminder that the earth’s support systems are distressed and humanity’s quality of life is being compromised as a result.”

For questions about the event, contact Neill at aneill@jjc.edu or 815-280-2632.

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