pigeon http://iowapublicradio.org en Passenger Pigeon's Extinction http://iowapublicradio.org/post/passenger-pigeons-extinction <p>At one time, the passenger pigeon was everywhere in North America.&nbsp; The population was 3 to 5 billion when European settlers first arrived, but by 1914 they were gone.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe discusses the extinction of the passenger pigeon with Stan Temple of <a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/02-06-2014/lecturer-looks-passenger-pigeon-extinction">Aldo Leopold Foundation</a>.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:25:52 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 37141 at http://iowapublicradio.org Passenger Pigeon's Extinction The Brilliance of Winged Rats http://iowapublicradio.org/post/brilliance-winged-rats <p>Many Iowans find the common pigeon, or <a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/rock_pigeon/id">rock dove</a>, a pest and call them "winged rats." However, this bird's brain is deceptively clever.</p><p><a href="http://www.uiowa.edu/~fyi/issues/issues2007_v44/04212008/profiles.html">Ed Wasserman</a> runs the <a href="http://www2.psychology.uiowa.edu/faculty/wasserman/">Comparative Cognition Laboratory</a> at the University of Iowa. Wasserman is world renowned for his work in animal intelligence, including proving that pigeons recognize individual human faces.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:19:33 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 37112 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Brilliance of Winged Rats