Owen Gromme Passenger Pigeons

Wisconsin artist Owen Gromme's artwork of Passenger Pigeons

Passenger Pigeons, now extinct, have a rich history within Wisconsin. The last Passenger Pigeon, an endling named "Martha", died September 1, 1914 after numbering in the billions throughout North America. Bud Gussel, a Wisconsin Dells businessman, commissioned Owen Gromme to create this painting and now owns the rights to reproduce the artwork. His goal is to donate the print to every school and library in the state. Click here to read the Journal Sentinel article (2010-11/26).

We are humbled and fortunate to have the DeForest Middle School print as of December 18, 2013, which is displayed for all students to view and reflect upon at the front of the middle school band room.