Wisconsin History Day By Day

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"The Passenger Pigeon" by Susan Dudley Morrison

"Passenger Pigeon" by Graham Coleman

"Once there was a Passenger Pigeon" by Esther and Bernard Gordon



Interesting Fact:

Only 28 years before the last Wisconsin passenger pigeon was shot, it was recorded that there were 136 million passenger pigeons nesting together in Central Wisconsin.

Study Questions:

  • Why did the passenger pigeon become extinct?
  • Who is Aldo Leopold?
  • What Wisconsin animals are currently on the endangered species list?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on May 11:

    1910: Glacier National Park is established.
    1943: American troops begin a battle with the Japanese on the Aleutian island of Attu.

  • May 11

    May 11, 1947: A monument was dedicated to the passenger pigeon at Wyalusing State Park. Aldo Leopold read the plaque - "Dedicated to the last Wisconsin passenger pigeon, shot at Babcock, September 1899. This species became extinct through the avarice and thoughtlessness of man."

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