Project Passenger Pigeon

Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future

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the Hastings Museum in Hastings, Nebraska

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Passenger Pigeons in Your State, Province or Territory


(Compiled by Bill Whan and edited by Joel Greenberg)

The Passenger Pigeon was once a rather common migrant and summer resident along the Missouri River.

Last Records of the Passenger Pigeon
Late records originate from West Point, Norfolk, Florence, Papillion, and Omaha. The very last specimen known from the state was shot out of a group of fifteen or twenty birds found on November 9, 1895 at Papillion, Sarpy County (Schorger, The Passenger Pigeon (1955). There is also a sight record of 75-100 birds feeding in Johnson County on August 17, 1897.

Places Likely Named for the Passenger Pigeon:

Pigeon Creek: Dixon and Dakota counties

Pigeon Creek Ditch: Dakota County

Pigeon Creek Township: Custer

White Pigeon School: Custer County

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

Hastings: *Hastings Museum

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Museum

* 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 Nebraska

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 Nebraska. [Schorger-NE.pdf]

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

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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