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From Billions to Zero in 50 Years - The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

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Martha was a very lonely bird. She had once been part of a pair, with her male counterpart George, but he had died several years before. So, for the final years of her life, Martha sat in her one-bird cage alone. The Cincinnati Zoo offered a thousand dollar reward (about $23,000 today) to anyone who could track down a mate for Martha. Unfortunately, there were no mates left for her.

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http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2014/01/06/140106crbo_books_rosen?currentPage=all
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Image Credit:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Martha_last_passenger_pigeon_1914.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passenger_pigeon#/media/File:Flock_of_passenger_pigeons.jpg
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-129738497/stock-photo-the-rock-dove-or-rock-pigeon-is-a-member-of-the-bird-family-columbidae-in-common-usage%2C-this-bird-is-often-simply-referred-to-as-the-pigeon
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Passenger_pigeon_shooting_in_Iowa.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_Audubon#/media/File:John_James_Audubon_1826.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Passenger_pigeon_capture.jpg
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-77836097/stock-vector-california-road-map
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountain_locust#/media/File:Minnesota_locusts.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mershon%27s_The_Passenger_Pigeon_(frontispiece,_crop).jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passenger_pigeon#/media/File:Passenger_pigeon_shoot.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mershon%27s_The_Passenger_Pigeon_(Audubon_plate,_crop).jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walden#/media/File:Henry_David_Thoreau_2.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Passenger_Pigeon_Net_Cockburn_1829.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ectopistes_migratoriusAAP042CA.jpg

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