Project Passenger Pigeon

Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future

Ijams is partnering with Project Passenger Pigeon to share the story of this once majestic bird to increase understanding and inspire broader stewardship of the natural world today to create greater environmental awareness for tomorrow.

Project Passenger Pigeon will officially occur throughout 2014 to mark the centenary of the passing of the last ever passenger pigeon, Martha, who died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914.

Upcoming Programs & Events:

Smokies Life

Out Now! Award-winning Smokies Life magazine featuring lead article by Paul James, Ijams’ Executive Director. Copies available at Ijams, East Tennessee History Center Store, Sugarlands Visitor Center in GSMNP. Only $6.95

 

Thursday, April 17 at 5:00pm: Smokes Life Magazine Reception & Celebration.

Come meet the authors, photographers, designers, illustrators, and editors behind the sensational new Smokies Life Magazine. Get your copies signed. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Sponsored by Great Smoky Mountains Association. No daily pilgrimage fee or registration required. Open to the public.

Paul James will make a presentation on the Passenger Pigeon at 6:00 pm during this event. 

 

May-October: Passenger Pigeon Exhibit at Sugarlands Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Featuring Harry Ijams’ passenger pigeon specimen on public display in the Smokies for the very first time. Further details TBD.

 

Saturday, August 23: Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival

Featuring keynote speaker and acclaimed author, Joel Greenberg, discussing his new book, Feathered Birds Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction. Booking signing. Time TBD. More info on the Festival here.

 

Sunday, August 24: Joel Greenberg at Sugarlands

Join author Joel Greenberg for a talk and book signing at the Sugralands Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Free event. Further details TBD.

 

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Call for Information: Historic records and personal accounts of passenger pigeons within Tennessee are scant at best. We want to learn more!

Call for Specimens: Ijams is extremely interested in acquiring passenger pigeon specimens to add to its permanent collection.

If you are interested in partnering or learning more or have stories and details of mounted birds to share, please contact Paul James, Executive Director at 865-577-4717, ext. 118 or email pjames@ijams.org

 

Read Jack Neely’s Secret History column from the Metropulse:

Here You Are! Have Some Passenger Pigeon on Toast! from 10/2/2012

Passing Through: Paul James of Ijams is Looking for Clues to a Lost Species from 8/30/12

 

Ijams’ Lost Species

Ijams’ very own Lost Species exhibit already features the natural history of the passenger pigeon through the words of  our founding father, H.P. Ijams.

The story of the long lost (though not officially extinct) ivory-billed woodpecker is told through the words of James T. Tanner, longtime professor at the University of Tennessee and regarding as the world’s expert on the species in his day.

 

The exhibit in the Ijams Visitor Center is a must see. A special guide book is available as is Ijams’ staffer, Stephen Lyn Bales’ amazing book, Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner and the Quest for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 1935-1941.

Make sure you stop and experience the exhibit on your next visit.