100 years remembrance for the last passenger pigeon that lived

September 1, 2014 8:34 AM

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Today marks the centennial anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon that died in its cage on September 1, 1914. Martha was the last of its kind, of its generation, but it fell dead in its Cincinnati cage after its kind had dominated the American skies for generations. This were a wild blue dove that flocked in millions at a time, and blackened the skies as they flapped and created their own winds and weather as they moved past overhead.

Many of them were shot and eaten, and a single shot into the sky would bring tens of them down. Even Thomas Jefferson was noted to have eaten them as well, as well as several other people back then. Several authors mentioned the passenger pigeon in their books, and several artists painted them in wa...

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