Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the death of Martha, the last of her species, the Passenger Pigeon. With her death our planet lost another species forever to extinction. Martha as a mounted specimen, by Robert W. Shufeldt, 1921 Read more »
The story of the Passenger Pigeon is difficult. This is a species that has gone extinct in modern times, due to rapid loss of habitat and excessive hunting, among other factors. The Passenger Pigeon population was once possibly as high as five billion birds, making it the most numerous bird on the planet.
Early European settlers were amazed at the unbelievably huge flocks of Passenger Pigeons that would fly during migration. Groups of millions of birds would darken the sky; a single flock could take hours to pass by with pigeons flying in tiers several birds thick.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the last Passenger Pigeon, a captive bird named Martha who died at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1st. Learn more about the loss of this species and what we can learn from the story of the Passenger Pigeon by visiting Project Passenger Pigeon.
Details & Statistics
The Passenger Pigeon is listed as Extinct on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species was formerly distributed across North America, but is now Extinct as a result of habitat clearance and hunting. The last reliable wild record dates from 1900, and a search beginning in 1910 failed to find it.
Cute gifts with this bird
Designs with this bird
Monday, September 1st will mark the 100 year anniversary of the death of Martha, the last of her species, the Passenger Pigeon. With her death our planet lost another species forever to extinction. This week we'd like to share some of the commemorative events and educational opportunities... Read more »