Lost Bird Project

January 12 – June 25, 2017 Back


The Lost Bird Project recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing North American birds, which have been driven to extinction, including the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, and the Heath Hen. Each memorial has been permanently placed at the specific location directly related to the particular bird’s decline.

The last two Carolina Parakeet eggs were taken by a professional collector from an active nest at Gum Slough, Okeechobee, Florida, in May 1930. They were the last physical evidence of the existence of the Carolina Parakeet. Carolina Parakeet Memorial is located in Kissimmee State Park, Okeechobee, FL.

The last documented pair of Great Auks was killed on Eldey Island, Iceland, 3 June 1844. Great Auk memorial is located on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada.

The Heath Hen was last seen in Green's Field, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, 11 March 1932. Heath Hen Memorial is located in Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, Martha's Vineyard, MA.

The last documented Labrador Duck was shot on the banks of the Chemung River at a place called the Buttonwoods, now Brand Park, Elmira, New York, 12 December 1878. Labrador Duck Memorial is located in Brand Park, Elmiram NY.

The last Passenger Pigeon seen in the wild was shot in Pike County, Ohio, 24 March 1900. Passenger Pigeon Memorial is located at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Columbus, OH