In Memory of Martha (and her kin)
100 years ago, on the 1st September, 1914, at Cincinnati in the United States, Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon died and a species became extinct.
Passenger Pigeons were once the most numerous bird in the world with flocks estimated in the billions darkening the sky for hours at a time as they passed.
A few decades earlier, it would have seemed incredible that Passenger Pigeons could become extinct.
We are all poorer each time a species disappears from the planet.
This is not a dead Passenger Pigeon of course. It is an Emerald Dove living exactly 100 years after Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, died.