How did passenger pigeons, which numbered in the millions in the mid-19th century, become extinct in just over 50 years? Elizabeth explains the birds’ sudden decline as she discusses the life and death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon.
R. W. Shufeldt, “Martha’s Autopsy,” (1914).
William Souder, “100 Years After Her Death, Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon, Still Resonates,” Smithsonian Magazine, (September 2014).
Barry Yeoman, “Why the Passenger Pigeon Went Extinct,” Audubon Magazine. (May-June 2014).
Cincinnati Zoo: Documentary on Martha and Passenger Pigeons, (2014).
360 Degree View of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, on display at Smithsonian.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)