Project Passenger Pigeon

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons

This year marks 100 years since the extinction of the passenger pigeon. This uniquely North American bird was estimated to number in the billions at one point in time — only to go extinct in a period of roughly four decades.

The bird was hunted to extinction. Its breeding grounds destroyed.

And the last known passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, died alone in a zoo in Ohio.

Author Ray Keifetz told us that the story of the passenger pigeon inspired his haunting story “Miriam’s Lantern,” which you can find in Among Animals.

I encourage you to visit Project Passenger Pigeon — a year-long effort to raise awareness of this tragedy (and other species tragedies) so that we can work to prevent history from repeating with other species.