Specimens from Illinois are preserved in the Chicago Academy of Sciences' collections, but living members of this species can no longer be observed – Passenger Pigeons went extinct in 1914. Compared with the billions of individual birds that once resided in North America, the 27 bird and egg specimens preserved in the Academy’s collection offers but a glimpse into this species’ existence.
The year 2014 marked the centennial anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum helped organize Project Passenger Pigeon to bring wider awareness to the story of the Passenger Pigeon and the impact people have on, as well as our responsibility for, the environment.
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