“The Passenger Pigeon” by author Errol Fuller
(Pub. September 29th, 2014 – Princeton University Press)
“Reading about extinction of any species always made me shake my head in disbelieve when happened naturally. However, when I read this book by Errol Fuller about Passenger Pigeon, being once the most abundant bird in America that amounted to almost 4 billion individuals! Got to the point of no return, total extinction caused by human mass extermination. Mr. Fuller describes the pigeon’s origins and habits, their occurrence and general distribution in the North American territory and gives an ample history of these species through chronological eras. This book has plenty of photographs and illustrations throughout.
The most impact to me was reading the chapter: Extinction: The Causes. The beginning of the end for these birds was initiated by the invasion of Europeans and the colonization of North America. From there on Mr. Fuller describes step by step in detail the poignant systematic demise of the Passenger Pigeon. I’m honest to say that this chapter impressed me by the greed and escalation in brutality of people from that era in order to kill more and more pigeons.
At the end of that deplorable frenzy all was left were a handful of birds, which reduced the count later to sadly…one single Passenger Pigeon named Martha!”
Book review by H.J. Ruiz – Avian101 – September 2014