Learn the story of the Passenger Pigeon, which flew in significant numbers across Wisconsin.
Lost Bird Project Film Screening on public TV in Wisconsin
The Lost Bird Project, a documentary film that tells the story of artist Todd McGrain's journey to memorialize five birds driven to extinction; the Carolina Parakeet, the Heath Hen, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk and the Passenger Pigeon. The film broadcasts across Wisconsin on public television stations Wednesday, April 24th. Check local listings or our broadcast page for a time in your city.
Tune-in to learn more about the Passenger Pigeon, which once flew in flocks numbering more than a billion over the American landscape. It was the most abundant land bird on the planet and its history is intertwined with the history of Wisconsin.
The largest recorded nesting of Passenger Pigeons in U.S. history took place in Wisconsin in 1871. The roost was more than 800 square miles and consisted of hundreds of millions of birds. A monument to mark the event stands in Rest Area No. 8, westbound lane of I-94, 15 miles southeast of Black River Falls in Jackson County.
Just forty-three years later, the last living Passenger Pigeon, Martha, died in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.