irregular and uncertain intervals

Their appearance and disappearance is at very irregular and uncertain intervals James E. DeKay on the “wild pigeon” in Zoology of New-York, or the New-York fauna; comprising detailed descriptions of all the animals hitherto observed within the state of new-york, with brief notices of those occasionally found near its borders, and accompanied by appropriate illustrations.…… Continue reading irregular and uncertain intervals

Stupendous! The ROM is bringing its Passenger Pigeons out of Storage

New research question: Is it possible to write an article about passenger pigeons without using the adjective “stupendous”? This article in The Star uses it, while talking about the Royal Ontario Museum’s plan to put some of their 153 stuffed Ectopistes back on display, as well as how the DNA from one of their birds…… Continue reading Stupendous! The ROM is bringing its Passenger Pigeons out of Storage

Shooting “doves” in Florida, A.D. 1565

An earlier record of Europeans shooting passenger pigeons (“doves”) that Joel Greenberg found but was not able to get into his book: A second voyage left France in 1564 under the command of Rene Laudonniere. At the mouth of the St. Johns River where Jacksonville now stands, he founded Fort Caroline on June 22. It,…… Continue reading Shooting “doves” in Florida, A.D. 1565

Where Could You Buy a Passenger Pigeon in 1908?

In 1908 the New York State Museum purchased a passenger pigeon from Ward’s Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, NY (NYSM 1908:134). The late date of this acquisition is interesting. By this time, the species was considered extinct in the wild.  Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, of course, died in captivity in 1914. The latest…… Continue reading Where Could You Buy a Passenger Pigeon in 1908?

New Exhibit on the Passenger Pigeon

The Harvard Museum of Natural History has just open a new exhibit, Final Flight: the Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. The Museum has previously had a mounted passenger pigeon on display along with a few other extinct birds. Their web site, unfortunately, does not have much information on what’s included in their new exhibit.