The last Heath Hen (Booming Ben) was seen in the wild on March 11, 1932 in Green Field, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Heath Hen Anniversary 2012
The 12th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival will have a “sneak preview” screening of The Lost Bird Project on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10:30am in the town of Chilmark, MA. Before the screening there will be a walk to the Heath Hen sculpture with artist Todd McGrain and Ornithologist Vernon Laux.
The screening of the film on the island is significant because in 1908, the state of Massachusetts established a preserve on Martha’s Vineyard in an effort to save the Heath Hen, one of the five extinct birds McGrain memorializes in his sculpture project. Despite the protection, the species continued to decline. The last Heath Hen, a male, was seen in the wild on March 11, 1932 on the preserve.
The Heath Hen memorial is located on a bike/walking path in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest off the Edgartown - West Tisbury Road on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.