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.
More About Passenger Pigeons, "Martha", and Other Endangered Species
- Smithsonian Institute - Martha, A Cold and Lonely Last Migration
- Wisconsin Historical Society - Passenger Pigeons, the Extinction of a Species
- Interstate 94 WB Rest Area 54 Historical Marker (Black River Falls)
- Jeff Greenwood describes the history of the Passenger Pigeon
- "Martha, the Last of the Passenger Pigeons" by John Herald (song)
- TedX - How to Bring Passenger Pigeons All the Way Back (de-extinction possibilities)
- Red List - Discover Other Species!
- 12/15/2014 - Only 5 northern white rhinos are left