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Monument to extinct bird species to be rededicated at State Park

Ceremony to be held May 17 at Wyalusing State Park

2:08 PM, May 9, 2014

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A somber, 67-year-old monument to the passenger pigeon high on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers at Wyalusing State Park will be rededicated at a public ceremony Saturday, May 17.

The last passenger pigeon -- a now-extinct bird that once flew over Wisconsin in such numbers that their passage would darken the skies -- died in 1914. Habitat destruction and market hunting led to the demise of this species.

In 1945 a group of Wisconsin Society for Ornithology members decided to erect a public monument to the bird to help keep its memory alive in Wisconsin. ...

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