Passenger Pigeons

The passenger pigeon was once a widespread and abundant bird in North America. Nineteenth-century accounts describe millions of birds flocking like clouds during seasonal migrations. Clearing trees from forests where the birds nested make way for farm and pasture land, coupled with excessive hunting, drove the species to extinction by the early twentieth century. Accounts from the time tell of people saturating grain with alcohol to make the birds drunk and easy to capture and netting large numbers as people raided forests where they nested, killing them by the hundreds of thousands as they tended their eggs. The last individual of what had been billions of passenger pigeons died in 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo.

~ Dr. Daniel J. Fairbanks (1956 age:61) Evolving: The Human Effect and Why It Matters