Sunday, August 31, 2014

For Martha

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of Martha, the world's very last passenger pigeon, and the extinction of a beautiful species of bird lost too soon to hunting.  Once very common in America, the passenger pigeons were wiped out mercilessly by humans because they were a cheap source of meat.  The ways in which they were poached were terrible and graphic, and it is with great sadness that I write about poor sweet Martha--who died in a zoo at the age of 29--and the loss of her kind.
Remember Martha.  Remember the passenger pigeons.

A photo of Martha, the last passenger pigeon.
Image of Martha via National Geographic 
<3 Frances

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