Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
A Monument to the Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon

On things lost and brought back from the brink

Read More About It

"The Passenger Pigeon" by Susan Dudley Morrison

"Passenger Pigeon" by Graham Coleman

"Once there was a Passenger Pigeon" by Esther and Bernard Gordon



Interesting Fact:

Only 28 years before the last Wisconsin passenger pigeon was shot, it was recorded that there were 136 million passenger pigeons nesting together in Central Wisconsin.

Study Questions:

  • Why did the passenger pigeon become extinct?
  • Who is Aldo Leopold?
  • What Wisconsin animals are currently on the endangered species list?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the passenger pigeon:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on May 11:

    1910: Glacier National Park is established.
    1943: American troops begin a battle with the Japanese on the Aleutian island of Attu.

  • May 11

    May 11, 1947: A monument was dedicated to the passenger pigeon at Wyalusing State Park. Aldo Leopold read the plaque - "Dedicated to the last Wisconsin passenger pigeon, shot at Babcock, September 1899. This species became extinct through the avarice and thoughtlessness of man."

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