Last Passenger Pigeon, September 1, 1914
The Passenger Pigeon was once probably the most numerous bird on earth. Population estimates from the 19th century ranged from between one and four billion. But on September 1,1914, the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. The Zoo’s Director Thane Maynard and Dan Marsh, director of Education, sat down to talk about the passenger pigeon, what caused the bird’s extinction, and Martha, whose statue is seen by thousands of zoo visitors each year.
In January of this year, Thane Maynard spoke to Joel Greenburg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. You can hear that interview by clicking here: Thane and Joel Greenburg