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The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon

A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon

3rd Floor, West Wing
July 14 – September 30, 2014

This year marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon: the last of the species, a female named Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914. To commemorate the 100-year anniversary, the MSU Libraries is pleased to host this exhibit, developed by the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History on behalf of Project Passenger Pigeon, an initiative to a) familiarize people in North America and beyond with the passenger pigeon and its extinction; b) explore how human activity impacts other species c) motivate people to take actions that both promote biodiversity and prevent human-caused extinctions.

Also visit the MSU Museum exhibition, “They Passed Like a Cloud: Extinction and the Passenger Pigeon,” now through Jan. 25, 2015.

Exhibit produced by Anita Ezzo, Sheila Bryant and Ranti Junus. Photo of Passenger Pigeon by: EdenPictures on Flickr.

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