Passenger Pigeon Events

View world-renowned wildlife painter John Ruthven’s latest painting titled Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon, reproduced as a mural on the side of a building at 15 E. Eighth St. in downtown Cincinnati. It features a flock of passenger pigeons, led by Martha, in flight at the Zoo.

The first major book on the passenger pigeon in 60 years – A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction written by Joel Greenberg – has recently been published.

A documentary film, From Billions to None, is also being created to illustrate the passenger pigeon’s history and impact.

The Masterworks for Nature group of Cincinnati-based nature artists will display works themes around wildlife conservation success stories at the Zoo’s Education Center from August 29 to September 3.

On September 3, John Ruthven will speak at the Zoo as part of the Barrows Conservation Lecture Series and receive the 2014 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award.

On October 29, Xavier University’s Brueggeman Center for Dialogue will hold a Passenger Pigeon Symposium at the Cintas Center.

From December 3 – 5, the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council Symposium dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction will take place in Cincinnati.


Martha Tribute

Songwriter Chris Rowlands composed and recorded this tribute to Martha the passenger pigeon.

Listen to Passenger Pigeon Song (mp3)