A letter from America

Sometimes really nice things happen, and sometimes they happen at just the right time. Here is an email from America which I received yesterday morning, completely out of the blue: I greatly enjoyed reading A Message from Martha. Living on the beach in Florida, I saw swarms of birds wheel and swoop, and I thought…

Seriously good offer

My book about the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, A Message from Martha, is still available in paperback but will soon go out of print in hardback (jacket above). So I have snapped up most of the last hardbacks and can offer them to you at around the price you will pay for the paperback…

Stirley Farm talk – Thursday evening, 27 October

I’m giving a talk at the YWT Stirley community farm on Thursday evening.  Details and how to book – click here. ‘Author, campaigner and naturalist Mark Avery on his campaigns to protect the Hen Harrier and why he thinks driven grouse shooting should be banned. The venue for the talk is Hall Bower Chapel, 69A…

Martha – the song (by The Corner Laughers)

  And to end Passenger Pigeon Day – here’s a reminder of the Corner Laughers’ song, Martha (Cincinnati, 1914). Midsommar (solstice single) by The Corner LaughersI see the Corner Laughers are coming to the UK again this autumn (they must like it) and have dates around the place – I may go see them in…

Around this time, 102 years ago…

Around this time, 102 years ago, the last Passenger Pigeon on earth died in a cage in a zoo in Ohio.       A Message from Martha by Mark Avery is published by Bloomsbury – for reviews see here.