Currently on display in the Zoology Museum we have a beautiful Passenger Pigeon, donated to the Museum in 2008. September 2014 is an important month, as it marks the extraordinary and somewhat unbelievable centenary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. Once, the Passenger Pigeon of North America was the world’s most abundant bird, with a population of around 3.5 billion, but as a result of heavy exploitation and habitat loss the population took a massive hit in the late 19th century, from which the species never recovered.
The display in the Zoology Museum explores the causes for this sudden extinction and it, as curatorial assistant, and curator of the display, Melia Knecht states ‘raises awareness of the Passenger Pigeon extinction event and the continued threat of extinction to species worldwide.’ Melia was helped in the curation of the display by student volunteer Jennifer Wakefield, who can be seen installing it below.
The display fits into a wider project to mark the centenary of the Passenger Pigeon extinction; more information about this project can be found here.
The Aberdeen Branch of the RSPB group are holding a lecture by Mark Avery on the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon in the Zoology Building on 14th October, more information can be found here.
If you would like to see the Passenger Pigeon Flight to Extinction display it will be on show in the Zoology Museum until the end of October. The Zoology Museum is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9am -5pm. For more information on the display, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01224 274330.