The Passenger Pigeon was once the most abundant bird in the world.
During the early 1800s up to 5 billion of the species graced the eastern woodlands of the US, and their flocks darkened the skies for hours.
Probably because of over-hunting and habitat loss, it became extinct within 50 years.
Now some scientists think they can bring back the Passenger Pigeon, possibly within 15 years.
But do people in the United States actually want them back?
Assuming they are released into the wild, they could swarm and poop all over the place.
Some say they will facilitate native forests and ecosystems.
However, they were also known to sometimes destroy trees by uprooting them with the weight of a swarm, and farmers considered them pests.
I guess we don't know if they always flocked in the astounding fashion of the 18th/19th centuries.
The Native Americans actually changed the landscape to encourage certain hunting patterns, and perhaps the pigeon disappeared with the indigenous
Not only were they over-hunted with growing protein needs and industrialization, but perhaps their nesting grounds disappeared without native
Will it be annoying and become an endangered wild species that will decrease modern hunting land?
Will they even flourish?
Is it a moral imperative to de-extinct species that we know modern humans wiped out?
Perhaps we should rather focus on saving endangered species that can hardly be conserved now.
But still, it would be so fantastic to see a Passenger Pigeon ...
Yes, I think in the US it can be done.
edit on 12-10-2014 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)
Holy crap, you're right. I remember them being everywhere and you seldom see them now. Canada, not US. They buggers have attitude. They won't even
fly away. Just walk and give you a nasty look. I can't even remember the last time I saw a pigeon. Maybe they got too cocky.
a reply to: intrepid
Oh, oops, my apologies if they also lived in Canada.
I suppose they went by habitat rather than modern borders (duh).
Most books and sources just mention the US, but it would be interesting if they had a Canadian story too.
Interesting, I was just looking up the Passenger Pigeon today. I'm looking for a book I read as a child about the last passenger pigeon - I don't
know whether it was fiction or about 'Martha' - the last passenger pigeon. I remember it as a fictional story but it's hard to remember the facts
through all the years since - it was a book that impacted me greatly. It's the first time I understood (and the buffalo) how distruction human kind
could be, how thoughtless.
The Passenger Pigeon became extinct because of 1) over hunting and 2) distruction of habitate both human caused.
It would be a couriosity to bring them back by cloning but I doubt they could ever be viable species in the wild again.
The common Pigeon that I recall being everywhere in my youth and having to 'clean up bombs' regularly isn't around much in the city any longer.
The fact that such an "endlessly abundant" species could become extinct was quite a wake-up call, and it would be interesting to read some history
studies (or perhaps propose a thesis on it) to see how much influence this extinction had on the Western swing towards conservationism in the 20th
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We could use GPS tracking chips on these pigeons to find out where our mail is. We could also find out how many coffee breaks they take, finding them
sitting on a bridge with a lot of other pigeons discussing the best parks and houses to find people who feed them. Oh, there I go again, insinuating
that animals can communicate and are intelligent when they are nothing more then Squab.
funny...we have a lot of seagulls here. THey like to wander around the old Wal Mart parking lot, since a McDonald's is there. And a (very) small
lake is adjacent.
We live over 1000 miles from any ocean in the middle of the desert.
RE: pigeons....we have thousands of those too. There is no shortage of pigeons. Obviously passenger pigeons aren't here (this wasn't really their
habitat to begin with)....but those feathered rats that people call pigeons....we have no shortage of them here.
And their wild counterparts, dove. OMG, do we have a ton of dove. This last year was a banner hunting season for dove
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