Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
You'll find this impressive sculpture just outside the Visitor Center entrance.
In a span of less than fifty years, Passenger Pigeons went from comprising up to forty percent of land birds in North America to almost completely extinct - all due to human intervention. With the arrival of Europeans in the 19th century, the demand for wild meat increased and thousands of men became full-time pigeon hunters. Without any regulations, the rapid decline of passenger pigeon populations reached its end when the last known pigeon died in 1914 at Cincinnati Zoo.
In memorial of this extinction, artist Todd McGrain created the Passenger Pigeon sculpture to reflect on our loss and recognize the impacts we have on other species. He also hopes it stands as a reminder of our duty to prevent further extinctions from occurring. For the past ten years, McGrain has been directing his talents toward the Lost Bird Project. In addition to the Passenger Pigeon, bronze memorials have been dedicated to the Carolina Parakeet, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, and the Heath Hen.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Art Walk