​Passenger Pigeon

This exhibit includes a male Passenger Pigeon collected in the late 1880’s in Central Wisconsin, along the Rock River. The specimen was anonymously donated and may represent one of the last of this species collected in Wisconsin. The exhibit details local historic habitats including a known nesting ground and theories surrounding this species extinction (Newcastle’s Disease, habitat loss, over-hunting etc.). An original diorama background painting, by Mary Bratz, depicting typical habitat and local landforms completes the exhibit.