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Greenwich Curator Remembers A Century Of Extinction For Passenger Pigeons

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Dr. Daniel Ksepka, the curator of science at Greenwich's Bruce Museum, will talk about the passenger pigeon and other recently extinct bird species in a beach program this weekend.

The program is for all ages and will be held Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center at Greenwich Point.

Additional activities include making an origami passenger pigeon and scanning the skies to learn about the wild birds at Greenwich Point.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon.

The program is free. No reservations are needed, but a town beach pass is required for park entry.

Ksepka, an expert in the fossil records of penguins, joined the Bruce Museum in spring. He earned his doctorate in earth and environmental sciences from Columbia University in 2007 and spent five years in residence at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His background includes work in science education, with a long track record of collaborating with K-12 educators. Read more about his background here on the Daily Voice.

In June, Ksepka published his discovery of the largest-ever flying bird, the Pelagornis sandersi, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

He based his research on part of the upper wing bone of a bird fossil from 25 million years ago.“It was way longer than my whole arm, and I said, 'This is something big,'” he said.

Read more about Ksepka's discover of the prehistoric bird here on the Daily Voice.

For more information on the Sunday event, call the Bruce Museum at 203-869-0376 or visit its website .

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