How Baking Soda Helped Save Our Birds! with Stephen Lyn Bales

Thursday January 6, 2022 7:00 PM EST

Thursday, January 6, 2022, 7pm EST on Zoom

There was a time in the late 1800s when birds were under an all-out assault. They were shot to eat, shot for their feathers and simply shot for target practice. Few people knew all the different species they were shooting or realized they were party to bringing several species to the brink of extinction. A grassroots moment to raise awareness was started by conservationist Charles Church of the Church & Dwight Company when he began to insert “Useful Birds of America” trading cards into boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, one of their products. Under the slogan “For the Good of All, Do Not Destroy the Birds” the general public, especially children, began to learn about the birds that lived around them. Over the next century, hundreds of different small cards were produced and given away to avid collectors.

Join Michelle Campanis, education coordinator at UT Arboretum, and natural historian Stephen Lyn Bales for a look at the movement and learn more about some of the bird species on these beautiful bird cards. It’s our First Thursday Supper Club of the New Year via Zoom, January 6 at 7 p.m.  You can have whatever you like for supper and you do not even have to put your shoes on.

The program is free and closed captions are available. Registration is required to receive your Zoom link. Contact Michelle Campanis for any registration questions at [email protected]

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