In a little more than a century, the passenger pigeon went from being the most abundant bird species in North America to extinction. From billions of passenger pigeons to none at all. The last individual, Martha, died Sept. 1, 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo.
To commemorate the extinction, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is the institutional lead of Project Passenger Pigeon (P3). P3 consists of scientists, conservationists, educators, artists, musicians, filmmakers and others working to engage people in this story, promote habitat preservation and species conservation and motivate actions that promote biodiversity. More than 200 formal institutional participants and more than 1,000 informal and individual participants hosted or took part in P3 activities in 2014. More than 4,500 news articles referenced P3, and during the 10 days around the centenary of the extinction there were more than 10,000 English-language news articles; more than 1,000 non-English news articles; and more than 700,000 references on websites in a variety of languages.