One hundred years ago today, the world's last passenger pigeon perished - all taken by the hand of man. - http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/tribute-to-the-100th-anniversary-of-the-death-of-last-ever-passenger-pigeon-9702510.html
A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction
Why the passenger pigeon became extinct.
Project Passenger Pigeon
Passenger pigeon - Wiki
Passenger Pigeon Society
Quick Fall of Light
"I guess I’ve been an apocalypse slut since I was very young; a doomsday addict since I first set foot in a church and heard John of Patmos’ grim, metaphor laden vision of hell on earth. Yet, even now, even as an atheist in 2011, I still can’t get enough of that good ol’ end of stuff. From asteroids and comets with ‘Earth or Bust’ tattooed on their underbellies, to stories of super volcanoes and earthquake storms, the Grand Narrative of our end always seems to draw me back towards its horrific verse. ...
"Sherrida Woodley’s Quick Fall of Light has brought us an odd tale, indeed; it stars a not-so-extinct passenger pigeon nicknamed ‘The Blue Meteor’ and those who pursue it during a fatal outbreak of bird flu....
"As for the arc of the plot, it had enough twists and turns to move me along the ridge of its near 300-page length. It is partly a mystery, partly nostalgic for romance, and partly a thriller. It follows the voyage of a passenger pigeon across the apocalyptic US.... " READ MORE (see link above).