Passenger Pigeons, Plovers & Puffins: A Story of Extinction & Survival
Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm Center
September 1, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of “Martha,” the last surviving Passenger Pigeon. The Passenger Pigeon’s population in 1814 was estimated to be 3.5 billion. There are countless first- person stories about skies turning black with pigeons in the nineteenth century. Why did such an abundant species go extinct in less than one hundred years?
Learn why this bird went extinct, what other wildlife we lost over the past 100 years and what you can do today to protect endangered species. You will also learn about successful comeback stories like the Atlantic Puffin and Bald Eagle. What are our endangered species today? Learn what actions you can take to ensure that our wildlife species are here for generations to come.