Project Passenger Pigeon

Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future


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The assembled group of experienced presenters are experts in various aspects of Project Passenger Pigeon and species sustainablity subjects. The links provide their background and contact information. They should be contacted directly with further questions and to make the necessary arrangements, including those involving expenses and honoraria.


Harvey B. Webster, Director,
Wildlife Resources
Cleveland Museum of Natural History,
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

Harvey is Director of Wildlife Resources at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He directs the Ralph Perkins Wildlife Center and the Museum’s Wildlife Resource Center. The Perkins Wildlife Center is a zoo of native wildlife. It is a unique, living, outdoor gallery at the Museum, that promotes the awareness, appreciation and conservation of Ohio’s wildlife and the living communities upon which wild creatures depend. In addition he presents programs on Ohio’s eagles, raptors, birds and wildlife as well as the natural history of the region. He is a regular guest on public radio, television and other broadcast media promoting conservation issues.

Of Mast and Men— the Life, Times and Demise
of the Passenger Pigeon

200 years ago, the Passenger Pigeon was thought to be one of the most numerous species of bird on earth, accounting for perhaps 25% of all birds in North America. Frontier descriptions of flock size defy the imagination. John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson both reported flocks that darkened the skies for days on end in migration. Nesting colonies could occupy 100s of square miles. Tree limbs would snap under the weight of roosting pigeons. And yet with the death of 'Martha' on September 1, 1914 at 1:00 pm, the species became extinct. Join in a look at the history of this remarkable species, the nature of its extraordinary numbers, current thoughts on the causes of its extinction and the lessons for landscape ecology. The words of early naturalists and explorers will be used to tell the story of the 'Blue Meteor.' We will also explore how the Passenger Pigeon’s demise helped spark the modern conservation movement. And finally we will talk about what the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon means to us looking to the future.

Distance willing to travel: No limit, schedule permitting.

Contact Harvey at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History at 216-231-4600 (ext 3290); 216-231-5919 (fax), or

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