Project Passenger Pigeon

Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future

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Todd McGrain at work on his sculpture of the Passenger Pigeon, before being cast in bronze as part of The Lost Bird Project.



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Todd McGrain

Todd is a sculptor on the art faculty of Cornell University. The Lost Bird Project recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing North American birds that have been driven to extinction.

To date, bronze memorials have been dedicated to the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, and the Heath Hen. Todd writes:

“The bronze sculptures I am creating will be subtle, beautiful, and hopeful reminders. They compel us to recognize the finality of our loss, they ask us not to forget them, and they remind us of our duty to prevent further extinction.”

The sculptures are placed at locations directly related to each bird’s decline.

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