Passenger Pigeon - The species went from being one of the most abundant birds in the world during the 19th century to extinction early in the 20th century.  The world's last Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914.

Passenger Pigeon - The species went from being one of the most abundant birds in the world during the 19th century to extinction early in the 20th century. The world's last Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914.

Passenger Pigeon. Hunted to extinction, they once numbered in the billions. Their huge flocks looked like black clouds that went on for miles. The last Passenger Pigeon, 'Martha', died in 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Passenger Pigeon. Hunted to extinction, they once numbered in the billions. Their huge flocks looked like black clouds that went on for miles. The last Passenger Pigeon, 'Martha', died in 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Ancient DNA Could Return Passenger Pigeons to the Sky - Genetic engineering could restore the once profuse North American bird after a century or more of extinction

Ancient DNA Could Return Passenger Pigeons to the Sky - Genetic engineering could restore the once profuse North American bird after a century or more of extinction

Century After Extinction, Passenger Pigeons Remain Iconic—And Scientists Hope to Bring Them Back

Passenger pigeons (Ectopistes migratorius) once blanketed the skies of eastern North America, but hunting and deforestation brought them to extinction 100 years ago. Martha, the last one, died at the Cincinnati Zoo in

The Passenger Pigeon, one of hundreds of species of extinct birds, was hunted to extinction over the course of a few decades.

The Passenger Pigeon, one of hundreds of species of extinct birds, was hunted to extinction over the course of a few decades.

A new book about the passenger pigeon  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304617404579304352335260032

A new book about the passenger pigeon http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304617404579304352335260032

Martha, the last surviving member of the passenger pigeon species. Photo courtesy Natural History Museum

Martha, the World’s Last Passenger Pigeon

Martha, the last surviving member of the passenger pigeon species. Photo courtesy Natural History Museum

The last passenger pigeon died Sept. 1, 1914, making this Sept. 1 the 100th anniversary of the species  extinction.

100 years later, the passenger pigeon still haunts us

The last passenger pigeon died Sept. 1, 1914, making this Sept. 1 the 100th anniversary of the species extinction.

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