Everyone has probably heard about the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. Some of you have probably heard about more Martha, the last known of her species who died in a zoo. But do you know the whole story about how this bird whose massive populations once darkened the sky was so totally exterminated that it came down to one? How did this bird effect American culture and what’s going on with the Passenger Pigeon Project that marks the 100th Anniversary of Martha’s passing and the end of a species. Join host Sarah Uthoff as she talks with Kyle Bagnall of Chippewa Nature Center.
Articles and Related Links
Project Passenger Pigeon is the organization that is leading the marking of the centennial of the species passing. Kyle is one of their speakers for Michigan.
Smithsonian Encyclopedia: http://www.si.edu/encyclopedia_Si/nmnh/passpig.htm
Summary of their Path to Extinction from The New Yorker:
Story on Passenger Pigeon Exhibit (with video):
Ohio Historical Society Pathfinder on Passenger Pigeons:
Photos and Images
Photos from Wisconsin Historical Society:
Modern Photos of Stuffed Passenger Pigeon:
Smithsonian Blog Post on Martha:
Martha – Passenger Pigeon Memorial Hut:
“Savage Passengers” Play:
- A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction by Joel Greenberg [Adult Non-Fiction]
- Passenger Pigeons: Gone Forever byVic Eichler, PhD [Picture Book]
- One Came Home by Amy Timberlake [Fictional Chapter Book]
- Find more about all these books on the Project Passenger Pigeon website under New Books.
— IowaPrairieMan (@IowaPrairieMan) April 21, 2014
— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) April 21, 2014
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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.