Friday, January 3, 2014

Passenger Pigeon Extinction- 100 years this year

The Passenger Pigeon, once probably the most numerous bird on the planet, made its home in the primary forest that once covered North America east of the Rocky Mountains. Their flocks could be a mile wide and up to 300 miles long.  They were so dense that they darkened the sky for hours and days as they passed overhead.  In very few years they were hunted to extinction.  The cause of this extinction was due to over-hunting for meat and sport.  This model of a life-sized Passenger Pigeon will be a conservation warning. 

The last Passenger Pigeon, named Martha, died alone at the Cincinnati Zoo at about 1:00 pm on September 1, 1914. 

The above life-sized model is for St-Laurent Academy's Evolution and Conservation Museum.  It is being created by Biodiversitymatters director Mike Leveille.  The final artwork will be posted in a few days time.   

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