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September 1, 2014

Have You Seen Martha?

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 11:58 am

September 1, 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. Martha died in the Cincinnati Zoo on that day in 1914–you can visit her, stuffed, in Washington DC at the Smithsonian. Do visit her if you have not seen this remnant of a huge population of American birds whose flocks were so great they darkened the sky. Think how diminished our world will be as we lose more and more species. Martha was alive when my mother was born, the Ivory Billed Woodpecker was alive when I was born but my children have never seen either one. They are gone. Who next?

In 1980, purpose #1 in the Articles of Incorporation for Animal Exchange includes “education, research, and management to further the captive propagation of various animals, especially birds and endangered species.”

The birds and small animals bought and sold at animal Exchange today are, with few exceptions, both captive bred and locally raised so have we succeeded? Maybe, but each of us still need to do more to insure we leave the world a better place.