Jonathan Franzen on the plight of songbirds in the Mediterranean


You may be familiar with novelist Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections and Freedom ... But what about naturalist Jonathan Franzen? The author is appalled by the plight of songbirds in the Mediterranean. In this feature interview, he explains why.

As a war photographer, David Guttenfelder doesn't often get to consider the unrestrained liberty of birds. He's photographed the front lines in Afghanistan, Iraq, Rwanda and Sierra Leone for the Associated Press. His latest project also chronicles conflict ... the capture and killing of songbirds as they migrate across the Mediterranean.

The conflict captured the attention of best-selling author Jonathan Franzen. He's travelled across Europe to follow the bird migrations. His article on the subject appears in the current issue of National Geographic magazine, along with David Guttenfelder's photographs.

Jonathan Franzen was in Santa Cruz, California.

Trailer: Emptying the Skies

In addition to his magazine work, Jonathan Franzen has also co-produced a new documentary about the plight of songbirds called "Emptying the Skies."

Web Extra: Franzen on trapping technology

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Photo gallery: The Embattled Songbird

All images are from the July 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine.

This segment was produced by The Current's Jessica deMello.

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