Thursday, January 1, 2015
They Passed Like a Cloud: Extinction and the Passenger Pigeon
(Exhibits (Museum, Gardens, ...))
Once Earth's most abundant bird - as many as 3-5 billion -- it's been estimated that one of every three North American birds was a Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius)! more information...
Incredibly, today Passenger Pigeons are completely gone, the victims of human hunting and exploitation. The last observed colossal nesting of birds was in Michigan, and it has been 100 years since we have seen the last living Passenger Pigeon. Once known for their extreme abundance, they are best remembered today for extreme lack of foresight in wildlife management.