March 9 Friend Raiser
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, Kirtland Bird Club, and
Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland present the following special event:
“The Lost Bird Project” and Saving Species from Extinction
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Auditorium
2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014
One hundred years ago this September, Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, fell dead in her cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. With her death, the Passenger Pigeon, once the most numerous bird species in the world, became extinct.
The stunning loss of this and other species at that time became a wake-up call to conservationists and helped garner support for the modern conservation movement. As a result of this push for conservation 100 years ago, many species have been nurtured back to healthy populations and their habitats have been preserved. Some species considered rare or endangered just a short time ago have staged remarkable recoveries, such as Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons.
Yet even now, in the 21st century, we still hear about an impending extinction crisis that prompts us to ask the following questions:
- What have we learned from the extinction of these once common species?
- How are we keeping the memory of these extinct species alive and relevant?
- How are we helping to strengthen wildlife populations today and preserve the habitats that are necessary for their survival?
- How can people become involved and help?
The program will attempt to answer these questions through a viewing of the film, the “Lost Bird Project
,” followed by a panel discussion. The film highlights the work of artist Todd McGrain and his effort to create memorials for five extinct species close to the area where the last of their kind lived.
Following the film, we will convene a panel of local experts who will speak about their efforts to improve the future for wild things and wild places, both regionally and across the planet. We envision a lively discussion between panelists and the audience about successful strategies for preserving habitats and species, including how participants can become involved.
Please join us from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday March 9, 2014 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Auditorium (adjacent to the main gate in the Administration Building) for this unique and free program. We also envision the event as a “friend-raiser” and encourage you to bring a friend with you!
This program is co-sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, Kirtland Bird Club, and the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland.
Free admission, parking, and refreshments! Open to the public - bring your friends!