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Going, Going, Gone? Endangered and Extinct Species
Opens July 2, 2014
Ohio History Center, Ohio History Connection, Columbus OH
The exhibit will explore how species go from enormously large populations to the brink of extinction or cease to exist together. It will feature one of the last known wild passenger pigeons, Buttons, who was found in Ohio and is a part of the Ohio History Connection's permanent collection.
The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon
Final Flight: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon, a species that once filled North America’s skies by the billions. In this small exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, see one of the world’s last mounted specimens of this now vanquished bird and learn how its extinction inspired the protection of other species.
Nature’s Struggle: Survival & Extinction
March 22 through October 19, 2014, included with Museum admission
Peggy Notebaert Nature MuseumChicago IL
A self-produced exhibit that uses the story of the passenger pigeon to chronicle how biodiversity and the environment has changed over time, the consequences of our actions and ways guests can build a more sustainable future. Spanning more than a century, the exhibit is told through the eyes of three child protagonists living in three distinct time periods -- 1820, 1905 and the present day. While humans have played a direct or indirect role in the rate of species loss increasing, the exhibit demonstrates how people can take action to conserve the world’s biodiversity and ensure the survival of many remaining species.
They Passed Like a Cloud: The Passenger Pigeon and Extinction
Michigan State University Museum, Heritage Gallery
East Lansing MI
May 27 - Jan. 25, 2015
There is no more shocking story of extinction than that of the Passenger Pigeon. In 1800, over five billion darkened the skies of eastern USA and Canada. Pursued ruthlessly by market hunters, their last great stand was in Michigan in 1878. Today, the Passenger Pigeon is gone forever---2014 is the 100th anniversary of the death of the last Passenger Pigeon. Have we learned from this tragedy?
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto ON
Opens August 30, 2014
This exhibition is a thought-provoking exploration of the extinction of a species at the time of the ROM’s inception. The Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), known as one of the most abundant species in the world in the 19th century, became extinct only 100 years later as a result of human actions. The last known Passenger Pigeon died on September 1, 1914 in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. The ROM holds the world’s largest collection of Passenger Pigeons, which continues to be used for research today.
The Passenger Pigeon story creates discussion around conservation and the future of our planet, as other species teeter on the brink of extinction.