Twitterchat on Martha, Extinction, & Historic Literature

Please join the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the Smithsonian Libraries, and the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) for a twitterchat on September 2nd, 2014. The chat will take place between 2-3 pm (EST) and feature Helen James, Curator of Birds and our recent Once There Were Billions exhibit in NMNH, and Martin Kalfatovic, BHL Program Director.

This September marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the very last passenger pigeon, Martha. In honor of the event, our chat will focus on Martha and the passenger pigeon, extinction and the importance of saving historic taxonomic literature through projects such as BHL. Folks will also have an opportunity to ask questions about Once There Were Billions, species survival or anything else on your minds about birds or biodiversity.

You can send questions using #Martha100 to @BioDivLibrary, @SILibraries, or @NMNH. Helen will be taking over the @NMNH account and Martin will man @BioDivLibrary to answer your questions. Everyone is invited to participate and follow the discussion by using #Martha100. If you’re not on Twitter, feel free to leave your question in a comment below or drop us a line by email at

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Grace Costantino served as the Outreach and Communication Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library from 2014 to 2021. In this capacity, she developed and managed BHL's communication strategy, oversaw social media initiatives, and engaged with the public to excite audiences about the wealth of biodiversity heritage available in BHL. Prior to her role as Outreach and Communication Manager, Grace served as the Digital Collections Librarian for Smithsonian Libraries and as the Program Manager for BHL.