Passenger Pigeons: From Abundant to None | Level 2

Opens August 23rd, 2014
Gallery of Birds, Level 2

This exhibition is a thought-provoking exploration of the extinction of a species at the time of the ROM’s inception. The Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), known as one of the most abundant species in the world in the 19th century, became extinct only 100 years later as a result of human actions. The last known Passenger Pigeon died on September 1, 1914 in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.  The ROM holds the world’s largest collection of Passenger Pigeons, which continues to be used for research today.

The Passenger Pigeon story creates discussion around conservation and the future of our planet, as other species teeter on the brink of extinction.   


Centennial Government Partners

OntarioOCAF: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Staff

Mark  Peck

Ornithology Technician

Comments

Comment by Joanna Lilley

Hello
Please can you let me know how long the Passenger Pigeons exhibition will be on for once it opens on 30 August? I am a published poet and am writing what I hope will be a book of poems about extinct animals. I am therefore, of course, very keen to see this exhibition. I live in Whitehorse, Yukon, however, so need to do some planning so I can be in Toronto while it's on!
Many thanks
Joanna Lilley
www.joannalilley.com