Project Passenger Pigeon

Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future

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Passenger Pigeons in Your State, Province or Territory


(Compiled by Joel Greenberg)

The species used to be abundant but no existing specimen from the state is known to exist. Large numbers were most often noted in March, April, September, and October but concentrations could be found at other times of the year as well. Thus “Thomas Young found pigeons to be abundant along Delaware Bay in the winter of 1634” and in the beginning of February 1729 “a countless multitude arrived in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.” (Hess at al, Birds of Delaware, 2000).

Last Records of the Passenger Pigeon:

Small flocks of passenger pigeons were reported from the state as late as 1872.

Places Likely Named for Passenger Pigeon

There are at least 3 places in Delaware with pigeon in the name, all in New Castle County:

Pigeon Point (cape)

Pigeon Run (populated place)

Pigeon Run (stream)

Delaware Highlights:

Lindestrom, who during 1654-56 visited  New Sweden (which encompassed much of Delaware), reported that Indians took many birds by cutting roosting trees almost all the way through so when the birds landed, the trees would collapse. (Hess et al, 2000).

Delaware Locations Known to Have Passenger Pigeon Skins, Mounts, and or Skeletons

Wilmington: *Delaware Museum of Natural History

* If an asterisk appears, at least one passenger pigeon is known to be on display; this list is mainly based on Hahn's Where is That Vanished Bird (1963). Please let us know of any changes including additional locations and/or birds on display, name changes of institution, if birds are no longer present, etc.

Read Fascinating Historical Accounts of the Passenger Pigeon in Delaware

Wisconsin’s A.W. [Bill] Schorger (1884-1972) spent many years researching the history of the Passenger Pigeon, and he summarized his findings in his 1955 book, The Passenger Pigeon: Its Natural History and Extinction. At the time of its publication, the book was the most comprehensive account of the species. Schorger did an excellent job summarizing the nearly 10,000 historical records he discovered in libraries and historical societies around the country, but his original research notes contain many additional details.
For the 2014 centennial, Professor Stanley Temple of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has made all Schorger’s handwritten research notes available in digital form. This link will take you to a table that provides details of all the historical records Bill Schorger discovered for Delaware. [Schorger-DE.pdf]

Read Historical Accounts from Shorger's Original Field Notes about the Passenger Pigeon in Delaware

These sources are newly available on the Passenger Pigeon site (as of January 25, 2014). The links below give access to often-firsthand, eyewitness accounts of pigeons, the table includes a cross reference to the exact page in Schorger’s notes where you can read the full text of the account and find a citation of the original source document. All these historical documents are in PDF format in sizes ranging from 24mb - 60mb. These documents will open in their own window. Use the links below to find the page containing the account you’re interested in exploring further:
Schorger pages 1-329
Schorger pages 330-632
Schorger pages 633-959
Schorger pages 960-1242
Schorger pages 1243-1585
Schorger pages 1586-1890
Schorger pages 1891-2232
Schorger pages 2233-2556


Your text contributions on passenger pigeons in the U.S. or Canada are welcome. Email your text notes to us. Include: first and last name, and the State or Province you reference in the Subject Line.

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