Passenger Pigeon Project

Passenger Pigeon Replica
Passenger Pigeon Replica

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:

Summary of their Path to Extinction from The New Yorker:

Story on Passenger Pigeon Exhibit (with video):

Ohio Historical Society Pathfinder on Passenger Pigeons:

Bringing Back Species:

Photos and Images

Photos from Wisconsin Historical Society:

Modern Photos of Stuffed Passenger Pigeon:

Martha Specific

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.

Social Media

And finally I wanted to include a couple of recent tweets with photos. And be sure to find Project Passenger Pigeon on social media including Twitter and Facebook.

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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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