The Passenger Pigeon

Read by Maria Kasper

(4.8 stars; 6 reviews)

"For the last three years I have spent most of my leisure time in collecting as much material as possible which might help to throw light on the oft-repeated query, 'What has become of the wild pigeons?' ... I am merely a business man who is interested in the Passenger Pigeon because he loves the outdoors and its wild things, and sincerely regrets the cruel extinction of one of the most interesting natural phenomena of his own country. ... It is hard for us of an older generation to realize that as recently as 1880 the Passenger Pigeon was thronging in countless millions through large areas of the Middle West. ... They were slain by the millions during the middle of the last century, and from one region in Michigan in one year three million Passenger Pigeons were killed for market. ... The American people are wasteful. They are just beginning to learn the need of economy in the use of that which Nature has flung at their feet." (from the Introduction to The Passenger Pigeon by William B. Mershon, 1907)
On September 1, 1914, just seven years after Mershon's book was published, the last known passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo. (6 hr 13 min)


Introduction 7:24 Read by Maria Kasper
My Boyhood Among the Pigeons 13:06 Read by Maria Kasper
The Passenger Pigeon - from American Ornithology by Alexander Wilson 27:01 Read by Maria Kasper
The Passenger Pigeon - from Ornithological Biography by John James Audubon 25:53 Read by Maria Kasper
As James Fenimore Cooper Saw It 9:56 Read by Maria Kasper
The Wild Pigeon of North America - by Chief Pokagon in The Chautauquan 21:08 Read by Maria Kasper
The Passenger Pigeon - from Life Histories of N. American Birds by Charles Bend… 22:37 Read by Maria Kasper
Netting the Pigeons - by William Brewster in The Auk 4:21 Read by Maria Kasper
Efforts to Check the Slaughter by Prof. H. B. Roney 26:25 Read by Maria Kasper
The Pigeon Butcher's Defense - by E. T. Martin in American Field 21:19 Read by Maria Kasper
Notes of a Vanished Industry 23:35 Read by Maria Kasper
Recollections of Old Timers 32:30 Read by Maria Kasper
The Last of the Pigeons 36:17 Read by Maria Kasper
What Became of the Wild Pigeon? by Sullivan Cook in Field and Stream 16:05 Read by Maria Kasper
A Novel Theory of Extinction by C.H. Ames and Robert Ridgway 9:18 Read by Maria Kasper
News From John Burroughs 11:21 Read by Maria Kasper
The Pigeon in Manitoba - by George E. Atkinson 23:48 Read by Maria Kasper
The Passenger Pigeon in Confinement - by Ruthven Deane in The Auk 13:56 Read by Maria Kasper
Nesting Habits of The Passenger Pigeon - by Dr. Morris Gibbs in The Oologist 12:54 Read by Maria Kasper
Miscellaneous Notes 14:28 Read by Maria Kasper


(5 stars)

An incredibly powerful and depressing but immensely important book about human greed and cruelty and its consequences, carrying a message sadly just as relevant today as when it was written.


(5 stars)

This book is so awesome