Comments from visitors who signed the first Guestbook!

Visitor's Name: Jeffrey Bushnell
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Anza Ca. 92539
Comments: As a pigeon fancier I am greatly saddend to know that I or my children will never get to see this beautiful bird. Thanks so much for sharing George,and your thoughts.
Sign Time: November 04 2000 at 14:47:07

Visitor's Name: Elmer
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: saudi arabia
Comments: I have read about the passenger pigeon long time ago but it's only now that I realize how sad it is to have lost this great specie of birds. I wonder if cloning would be possible to bring back this bird?
Sign Time: November 03 2000 at 21:14:07

Visitor's Name: Elizabeth
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Kalamazoo, MI
Comments: This is a good page, but I am writing an essay on the extinction and it would be nice to see a little more organized method of conveying the information to people who are seriously interested. For instance, I would like to know why you think they actually became extinct - was it due to natural or human causes? And it would be better for people who want to learn about them to be able to view pages organized and labeled and linked according to the information they hold. Try revising it a little...
Sign Time: November 03 2000 at 06:15:48

Visitor's Name: d
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Ia.
Comments: I'm amazed at the interest in a long extict bird. After reading more about the p. pigion, I discovered they did do some crop damage. So, I would imagine the farmers of the time wouldn't have wanted a large flock to land on their land. Same with bison. Vast numbers. What a sight to see. But in the way of progress. We have changed some for the better, we now see eagles and turkeys and the deer are to thick. Hope we all survive.
Sign Time: November 02 2000 at 20:06:26

Visitor's Name: chantal
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: durham, nc
Comments: what a wonderful story....sure did enjoy the history and the pictures.
Sign Time: November 02 2000 at 13:50:24

Visitor's Name: Crop Damage
Homepage URL: The Great Auk
You are from: Fields with no crop damage.
Comments: Had we not killed all the Passenger Pigeons, I doubt there would be extensive crop damage. In the winter when they flew south, they dispersed over entire states. It is only when they migrated north that they were en mass. When they were en mass, they stopped at pre-identified places. If you are a farmer, you should know to stay away from these places the birds have used for thousands of years before we were here. And it is not all that big of an area. Once they get way up north, they are mainly in the forest and again, they are dispersed. The pigeons would build up an extra layer of fat for the trip. Sure they would eat, but it was in and out. This many birds would never be able to survive sticking together at all times like this. The problem is that they breeded and raised their young during a period when they were together. They were very vunurable. When the last flock of 250,000 had 100,000 babies; 200,000 of the adults and every babie were slaugtered. This was the last stand and it was all over after this. The passenger pigeon was not noted for crop damage. Some others were, like the Carolina Parakeets - these were hunted into extenction purposefully; however, they were beatiful birds that looked just like parrots. They lived in U.S. South. Crop damage had nothing to do with the demise of the passenger pigeon.
Sign Time: November 01 2000 at 15:18:15

Visitor's Name: Shyral Racette
Homepage URL: N/A
You are from: Brantford, On.
Comments: The subject came to my attention through an assignment that needed to be completed for a university paper. I did not have any inclination as to the beauty of these birds until I started researching. I have grown fond of this spectacular species that once shared our forests and were a part of the diverse population of wildlife. I am angry and sad at the same time as I know the value of our animals to this earth. I am of Native heritage and have always been taught to respect and care for the animals of this world as they are a part of us. Man has done something once more that can never be undone. For this I grieve because I am waiting for them to destroy all the natural beauty in it's entirety. For what? The sake of technology and economy. Sher
Sign Time: November 01 2000 at 15:10:02

Visitor's Name: travis fields
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Ý
Comments: thank you for helping me with my cub scout project.
Sign Time: November 01 2000 at 12:50:41

Visitor's Name: Andrew Block
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Bronxville, NY
Comments: I am also interested in passenger pigeons as well as all our extinct bird species. You are incredibly lucky to have this bird. You might be interested in reading the book "Hope is the Thing With Feathers" by Chris Cokinos, a depressing but very good book on our extinct birds.
Sign Time: November 01 2000 at 10:03:14

Visitor's Name: David Holcomb
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Correctionville Ia
Comments: If these vast flocks still existed, I wonder how much damage they would have done to farm crops?
Sign Time: October 31 2000 at 17:59:23

Visitor's Name: Stephen L. Elliott
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Virginia
Comments: This is an excellent web sight and very helpful to both the professional birder, and to students. I study extinct american birds and specialize in the Labrador duck. I have collected over 300 pages of reference work on it and some that has never been published.
Sign Time: October 31 2000 at 15:28:11

Visitor's Name: Abigail Vandeberghe
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Alberta Canada and Oregon USA
Comments: Seeing your George touched my heart. I wanted to cry for the loss of his species.
Sign Time: October 27 2000 at 14:31:33

Visitor's Name: Frank March
Homepage URL:
You are from: Suffolk, VA
Comments: I think birds are the most wonderful animal God created. I have a flock of Geese and Ducks and they are wonderful creatures to behold. It is very sad how we as a species drove the Passenger Pigeon to extinction. To sum it up, it was greed. Commercial hunting of the birds is what reduced the numbers. Those who hunted the bird for private use barely made an impact and probably helped maintain the balance, however, constant commercial harvest with no regard to season posed a threat no species could overcome. The story of the Passenger Pigeon is very sad, but it could not have turned out better as a teaching point for future generations. I just wished we could dwell on the period between 1890 and 1914 when most of the known Passenger Pigeons were in captivity. It must have been a sobering site to watch the last remaining Pigeons die, one-by-one. Too bad CNN was not around back then to capture this tale and make it known to all as it was happening. I do not think enough folks have learned the lesson, though it is still out there to learn. This is a well documented story that will always be available to show why we should act today to preserve nature. I have enjoyed this web site. I enjoyed reading the information and viewing the pictures. Please continue to update it with more pictures, information, and links. It would be useful to know what books are available on Passenger Pigeons. Thanks for the time and effort you put into the site.
Sign Time: October 23 2000 at 20:18:32

Visitor's Name: David Staley
Homepage URL: The Staley Family Homepage
You are from: Ohio
Comments: Beautiful page and most of all, beautiful bird. Perhaps it's the idealist in me, but I still hope that one day report of a wild live Passenger Pigeon will be given. But until that time, thank you for putting all these wonderful pictures on the web! Thank you!
Sign Time: October 23 2000 at 06:58:35

Visitor's Name: Ron johnson
Homepage URL: RandR Lofts
You are from: venice, Florida
Comments: Great story about the passenger Pigeon.
Sign Time: October 22 2000 at 12:41:31

Visitor's Name: Chris Squires
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Staten Island, NY
Comments: Thank you for sharing this lovely bird. How sad that we can no longer see any passenger pigeons alive. I have a subspecies of greenrump parrotlet (viridissimus) which is often overlooked and becoming rare -- I would hate to see these birds disapear too. Thank you for reminding us how important it is to pay attention to what we have before it is gone. This is a beautiful page. Chris
Sign Time: October 18 2000 at 12:21:51

Visitor's Name: Michael Browne
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Chicago, IL
Comments: A wonderful sight. A great memorial to these magnificent birds and perhaps an even greater monumment to Humanities wanton disregard for all the other forms of life we share this planet with. It would be nice to know if some of the pictures you displayed were available anywhere.
Sign Time: October 18 2000 at 10:44:26

Visitor's Name: Noel Hyde, Colln Mngr/Taxidermist
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Museum of New Zealand, NZ
Comments: Although a sad loss due to mans waste it's nice to know the value of this specimen has been greatly enhanced by your background research and that it is now cared for by someone who truely appreciates the value and rarity of such a specimen otherwise lost forever.
Sign Time: October 17 2000 at 12:46:56

Visitor's Name: cyrusskull
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Ý
Comments: thanks 4 the info
Sign Time: October 16 2000 at 10:23:19

Visitor's Name: Lisa Stahlman
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Corsica, PA
Comments: What a tragedy for mankind to have destroyed such beautiful birds.
Sign Time: October 10 2000 at 07:27:37

Visitor's Name: danny castellano
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Ý
Comments: sadest story to read in a long time!
Sign Time: October 07 2000 at 19:28:30

Visitor's Name: Bill Vinson
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Orange Park, FL
Comments: At the office this morning a group of three ducks had taken refuge on the porch at the entrance to the building and someone commented that the ducks were taking over. For some reason this prompted me to think of the passenger pigeon and its extinction. No one else at the ofice remebered this bit of history. Hence, I needed to refresh my memory of the history of the passenger pigeon. Thank you for your insight and your sense of preservation regarding the passenger pigeons. Thanks for sharing.
Sign Time: October 06 2000 at 19:08:44

Visitor's Name: Douglas Tate
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, CANADA
Comments: An inspiring tale, and interesting history about the fate of the Passenger Pigeon. I am saddened I never had, and never will have, the chance to see one in the wild. Let's all work to ensure this fate does not befall any more of our wildlife. DT
Sign Time: October 06 2000 at 12:51:17

Visitor's Name: Johnny Willett
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: oklahoma
Comments: I`am new to breeding zebra finches. i have just finished my breeding pen and now i`am in search of learning more about these great little birds.Your web site is wounderfull.
Sign Time: October 04 2000 at 22:40:34

Visitor's Name: Boyd Erickson
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Centerville, SD
Comments: Very interesting story. I saw two passenger pigeon specimens in a museum as a teenager. It is amazing how some species thrive ( ex. white-tail deer, ducks, geese, pheasants) due to man and hunting and how some don't. What a tragedy.
Sign Time: October 04 2000 at 09:49:35

Visitor's Name: Muhammad Tayyab
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Pakistan
Comments: Pigeon is a lovely bird dead of alive
Sign Time: October 04 2000 at 00:34:17

Visitor's Name: j. Rauls
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: New orleans
Comments: Just finished the book you cited which includes the chapter on pigeons. Thanks for the site-it was very helpful and beautiful pictures.
Sign Time: October 01 2000 at 11:22:23

Visitor's Name: Frank Roman
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Rego Park . NY via Puerto Rico
Comments: Thanks first time I've ever set eyes on a Passenger Pigeon. A real good looking bird in terms of flying. I love pigeons as you can see by my e-mail address. palomalta (high flying pigeon)
Sign Time: September 30 2000 at 22:27:22

Visitor's Name: brian raidt
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: ontario canada
Comments: Very comprehensive, and I am sorry that I did not have more time to look at and read all the information. One day I hope I am as blessed as you to own a preserved specimen. Perhaps.
Sign Time: September 29 2000 at 09:14:21

Visitor's Name: sam busic
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Ý
Comments: thanks for a really informative site! i knew that the last passenger pigeon died in 1914 but had no idea that there had once been so many.....or how quickly they were decimated...seeing george i was saddened that we lost such a truly beautiful bird. thanks for keeping their story alive!
Sign Time: September 28 2000 at 21:01:07

Visitor's Name: SARA LAWRENCE
Homepage URL: Ý
Sign Time: September 26 2000 at 14:07:55

Visitor's Name: Imran Moin Ahmed Siddiqui
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: PAKISTAN
Comments: Best efforts to promote importance of great things created by GOD. Keep it up and compiled more informations in this regards
Sign Time: September 26 2000 at 07:16:17

Visitor's Name: Rick Yunker
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Ohio
Comments: I honestly envy you the privilege, but don't count George out yet. We may not live to see it, but the theme of retrieving extinct species is a powerful one the science of genetics today. Someday George, and the rest of those preserved specimens may provide the DNA to restore the Passenger Pigeon. We can hope.
Sign Time: September 26 2000 at 04:25:18

Visitor's Name: Garrie Landry
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Lafayette, Louisiana
Comments: I want to thank all of you who have signed the guestbook, your comments about Passenger Pigeons always are meaningful. The passenger Pigeon "George" still conveys to me such a A paradox of feelings. The shear gravity of the loss of a species at the hands of man, and yet the presence of it in my midst.
Sign Time: September 25 2000 at 11:13:13

Visitor's Name: Gary Davis
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Visalia, California
Comments: I sent you a e-mail
Sign Time: September 24 2000 at 18:38:54

Visitor's Name: Jay
Homepage URL: PP's Page
You are from: UK
Comments: Thank you for such an unusual site. Having keen interest in all kinds of pigeons, I too am fascinated by the history of the Passenger Pigeon.
Sign Time: September 24 2000 at 13:31:45

Visitor's Name: Tim Nolan
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: North Andover, MA just north of Boston
Comments: You've created a very informative site and your enthusiasm shines through on every page. A special thanks for sharing George's story - what a remarkable piece of work. We owe a nod of respect and appreciation to the talented craftsman who captured that noble pose.
Sign Time: September 22 2000 at 22:13:42

Visitor's Name: gilbert monasterios
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Winter Park, Florida
Comments: Thank you for such a warm account on the history of what seems to have been an extraordinary animal and group of people who care deeply for it. If the love place in preserving the grace and honor of "George" has anything to do with these people, then I prise you Sr. for sharing its beauty and letting us learn more about the essence of George's past and the sad, sad demise of its spicies. I can only imagene what a site would have been to see a flock of billion birds fly on the forefather skies. Once more thank you for helping us remember the Passanger Pigeon.
Sign Time: September 22 2000 at 14:15:41

Visitor's Name: Eric Paschal
Homepage URL:
You are from: Southeast Texas
Comments: The loss of the Passenger Pigeon, and other wildlife certainly makes me appreciate the wildlife we have left today more then before I new about these things. I'm astonished how few people know about these atrocities that mankind has done. Man has done a great job to forget or coverup his mistakes. Great work from you on putting all this data together, and bringing it to the world.
Sign Time: September 22 2000 at 07:33:25

Visitor's Name: Clara Alcime
Homepage URL: Passenger Pigeons
You are from: Neumann College, Aston Pennysalvania
Comments: I loved the articles on the Passenger Pigeons. I found them very interesting and well worth reading. I enjoyed using this source for my research paper.
Sign Time: September 17 2000 at 14:12:20

Visitor's Name: Carl Gulledge
Homepage URL:
You are from: Vashon Island, Washington
Comments: George is beautiful. You have a wonderfull presentation. If you ever consider selling "George" please keep me in mind as I am facinated with the "story" of the Passenger Pigeon and would treasure your "find" to the end of my days. Thanks again for a job well done. Visit me at
Sign Time: September 14 2000 at 11:29:27

Visitor's Name: Tom
Homepage URL: I don't have a page
You are from: MO
Comments: I'm a college student in MO. Too bad my biology teacher had to break the news to us that the DNA breaks down quickly after an animal dies. Unfortunatly the idea of "bringing it back" using cloning ala "Jurassic Park" is pure science fiction, at least for now. Save the bird though, maybe that will change. :)
Sign Time: September 12 2000 at 02:35:51

Visitor's Name: Dianne Marion
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Bristol, TN
Comments: I am really enjoying your site! I hope to order birds in the near future.
Sign Time: September 11 2000 at 09:24:59

Visitor's Name: Ray Ortiz
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Stone Mountain, GA
Comments: Wonderfully interesting and informative site. It is amazing yet sad to know that the extinction of a species containing BILLIONS of individuals was extirpated by man and his ignorance. The future for the worlds remaining species looks bleak.
Sign Time: September 11 2000 at 07:38:11

Visitor's Name: John Tomasovich
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Comments: Very nice site. The Passenger Pigeon page is fascinating. God Bless you and keep up the excellent work. JT :)
Sign Time: September 09 2000 at 20:19:40

Visitor's Name: Anna
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: California
Comments: you have a really good site that has been helpful, I am getting a dove soon and just was wondering if you could give me some tips. i am planning to get a white one. I have a question, are they pretty easy to tame? i am only 12 but always wanted a dove, my mom barely let so i am really glad that i am finally getting one now. my mom said that they contain a lot of diseases but i really dont mind. HOpe u anwer my question and give me some helpful tips on dove keeping personally. thanks again, ANNA
Sign Time: September 07 2000 at 14:27:11

Visitor's Name: jessie berg
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: south dakota
Comments: it is a realy great story to share with other people.
Sign Time: September 06 2000 at 17:47:32

Visitor's Name: Jim Chizek
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Lodi, Wi
Comments: Great history and pictures Terrible loss to the world
Sign Time: September 03 2000 at 08:53:19

Visitor's Name: Christine
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Hampshire, Il
Comments: That was a wonderful story! What a great lesson in history. Who'd of known how far George was to travel... I'm so curious to know, what is the value of George?
Sign Time: August 28 2000 at 18:12:42

Visitor's Name: Chris Kmiec
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Cochrane, Ontario
Comments: I enjoyed the story of how you obtained and discovered the history of George. I knew very little about the passenger pigion but know am more aware if its tragic and rapid demise. I work the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and I hope that through the course of my career that such events never take place again.
Sign Time: August 16 2000 at 11:52:41

Visitor's Name: Susan Curtis
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Traverse City, Michigan
Comments: Very interesting stuff. I have somewhere in my files a first-hand account of the netting of passenger pigeons, written sometime in the 1860s, as I remember. I will try to find it.
Sign Time: August 15 2000 at 12:43:46

Visitor's Name: Fred Thoelke
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: ND.
Comments: Very well done! As enjoyable and interesting as anything I've recently read about a passenger pigeon. Your interest and enthusiasm for the subject speaks volumes. Thank you for taking the time to do the research and share it with us all. Are you familar with Joe Quinn's writings on the passenger pigeon? Consider the "World of Wings" as a final repository.
Sign Time: August 13 2000 at 12:33:10

Visitor's Name: Donna LaFleur
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Louisiana
Comments: Wonderful compilation of information. I'm moved by the writing of those who saw flocks of wild passenger pigeons. What a message for we humans to contemplate as the growth of our own species produces changes in the world around us.
Sign Time: August 08 2000 at 13:21:23

Visitor's Name: Tracy Teigen
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Ý
Comments: congratulations on George, great information on how you aquired him.
Sign Time: August 08 2000 at 10:53:53

Visitor's Name: Christopher W. Roe
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria, IL.
Comments: I am impressed by your efforts to bring the story of our favorite bird to the forefront with your very complete and enjoyable web page. I have put together a teacher's curriculum guide on the Passenger Pigeon, and am working on a larger history of the bird, attempting to correlate the social factors which created an acceptable climate for this extinction to occur. Any help, links, or resources that anyone might offer would be appreciated.
Sign Time: August 05 2000 at 10:49:39

Visitor's Name: Troy
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Boise, ID
Comments: A wonderful site. I have been fascinated by the passenger pigeon since I was young. What a sight it must have been to see a flock on the move; over a mile wide (in flight) and taking hours to pass over. It is a sad legacy that our fore fathers left us. I bid you, fare well.
Sign Time: August 03 2000 at 18:19:01

Visitor's Name: anne bryan
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Wales, United Kingdom ( Britain )
Comments: I was interested and moved by your site
Sign Time: August 03 2000 at 15:11:45

Visitor's Name: Marc Beauchamp
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Illinois
Comments: They are still alive and will always be in Heaven, someday they will return with their Maker and all will be well. May God The Lord of Heaven and earth forgive us for cruelly greedily slaughtering a gentle wild species that epitomized the nation long ago...
Sign Time: July 31 2000 at 17:26:34

Visitor's Name: Melvin Noble
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Bobcaygeon, Ontario Canada
Comments: You are a lucky person to have such a beautiful specimen. I have been fascinated with this Pigeon for a long time myself. Very often I think of the wonder of it and how was it possible to destroy them all. Your friend Melvin
Sign Time: July 28 2000 at 15:20:13

Visitor's Name: Darlene
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: USA
Comments: Man can wipe out in a matter of years what Mother Nature took eons to create. The Passenger Pigeon once numbered in the billions, thought to be the most abundant warm blooded animal that has ever lived on Earth. Great flocks would take days to pass and turn the day into night. Now, all we have is stuffed specimens sitting in display cases. Shameful.
Sign Time: July 27 2000 at 14:48:38

Visitor's Name: Nancy Crocker Mulligan
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Shelton WA
Comments: What great good fortune that you have aquired "George" and are showing him the respect that he deserves. As a bird taxidermist myself, I am impressed by his excellent condition. Please [in case nobody has mentioned this] protect him from ultra-violet light. It will fade his color and slowly break down his feathers. Such a shame that they're all gone. I read somewhere that avicuturists tried to breed them, but were unsuccesful. So sad.
Sign Time: July 23 2000 at 16:42:52

Visitor's Name: John Toscano
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Houston,TX
Comments: Very impressive website. Truly amazed by how much you know about these birds. Can only hope to acquire this much knowledge and passion for my birds.
Sign Time: July 23 2000 at 03:42:01

Visitor's Name: Joe Senko
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Minneapolis Mn
Comments: Great web page, great web site, I will return. Thanks
Sign Time: July 15 2000 at 00:43:56

Visitor's Name: reggie sauls
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: California
Comments: your site helped me with my report for a class on extinct species. It is sad that there are no more passenger pigeons for kids like me to see.
Sign Time: July 10 2000 at 13:34:16

Visitor's Name: GP
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Brooklyn
Comments: Just wanted to thank you for a terrific site. I am artist doing some research for a project involving extinction, and found your information moving and informative...many thanks for putting this important story out there! ........
Sign Time: July 02 2000 at 23:13:13

Visitor's Name: warren gosdin
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: bath pa.
Comments: great site}}}}}
Sign Time: June 30 2000 at 23:40:16

Visitor's Name: June Miller
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: The University of Connecticut
Comments: Nice site! Thanks for keeping the pigeon alive--
Sign Time: June 30 2000 at 14:42:49

Visitor's Name: Larry R. Lindeman
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Southern Missouri
Comments: I live in an area near where these birds once roosted by the millions, and your page intrigued me. I teach high school biology & science. George is a wonderful specimen! ....wouldn't it be nice if there were several million more like him that could fly!
Sign Time: June 28 2000 at 02:57:30

Visitor's Name: Frank & Nina Pohl
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: San Francisco
Comments: Since I saw my first Passenger Pigeon (Martha) in a childhood nature book, I have been fascinated with them. Thank you for a most informative and enjoyable site. I am also an avid classic car enthusiast and occasional Hemmings reader;curious..
Sign Time: June 25 2000 at 17:05:07

Visitor's Name: Bill Herbst
Homepage URL:  
You are from: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Comments: I was doing informal research on "Martha," the last passenger pigeon. Search revealed link to your page.
Sign Time: June 23 2000 at 03:22:36

Visitor's Name: Lew Moores
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Cincinnati, Ohio
Comments: Terrific!
Sign Time: June 17 2000 at 11:24:31

Visitor's Name: Jackie McGrail
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: SoCALIF
Comments: This is a very moving site. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I think Marc Pollet (March 16,2000, Belgium) reflects my feelings most.
Sign Time: June 17 2000 at 00:39:21

Visitor's Name: Lewis Winn
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: New Zealand
Comments: Great Information! I really needed this for a school project I am doing on Passenger Pigeons.
Sign Time: June 14 2000 at 04:34:05

Visitor's Name: Sophia Fischer
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Canada B.C.
Comments: I think this is a really good page for doing projects because you have some pretty good pictures, and info. Well thanx hope I get an "A" on my project!
Sign Time: June 12 2000 at 19:34:15

Visitor's Name: Philip and Susan McClinton
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Alpine, Texas
Comments: What a fitting tribute to one of the truly great species of this continent! This web site was especially touching to both of us as we work on a daily basis with white-winged, mourning, and Inca doves (we are both wildlife biologists and federally licensed banders). You are so fortunate to have acquired a specimen like "George". We've banded close to 15,000 assorted doves and never tire of working with them. The accounts of passenger pigeons correspond closely to what we have observed among white-winged doves (i.e., their affection towards one another while mating); unfortunately, the very situation that may have contributed to the decline of the passeenger pigeon in North America is happening to the white-winged dove south of the United States. While the birds aren't actually being taken to be sold, their habitat is being degraded and destroyed on a wide scale. The key to the survival of species like the white-winged dove is the dissimination of accounts about species that have been driven into extinction by man's activities (such as the heath hen and the passenger pigeon). While there is a great deal of information that has been gathered, more needs to be done and soon. Thanks for sharing all your valuable information with the rest of us.
Sign Time: June 10 2000 at 12:54:13

Visitor's Name: Lynnette Gerbert
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Ý
Comments: My son, he's seven, is working towards his BEAR rank in Cub Scouts. One of the requirements is to learn about an animal that has become extinct within the last 100 years. The information you have regarding the Passenger Pigeon will let him understand the tragedy in terms he can understand. Thank you.
Sign Time: June 08 2000 at 11:07:58

Visitor's Name: john neary
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: san francisco
Comments: very very sad the fate of this bird by the ignorance of man. the senseless slaughter for sport. your specimen is indeed a beaut
Sign Time: June 06 2000 at 19:05:25

Visitor's Name: sara
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Ý
Comments: This page really helped w/ my report. THANKS! :)
Sign Time: June 05 2000 at 17:31:03

Visitor's Name: Israel Mendoza
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Aguascalientes Mex.
Comments: Idon¥t understand your language so good, but I enjoy the pics.I¥ve several kinds of ornatedoves.Your site is very nice,but is a pity that Idon¥t understand all about this.If you speak spanish go ahead. please sorry my english
Sign Time: June 03 2000 at 17:34:28

Visitor's Name: Israel Mendoza
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Aguascalientes Mex.
Comments: Idon¥t understand your language so good, but I enjoy the pics.I¥ve several kinds of ornatedoves.Your site is very nice,but is a pity that Idon¥t understand all about this.If you speak spanish go ahead. please sorry my english
Sign Time: June 03 2000 at 17:34:28

Visitor's Name: Kenneth.R Smith
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: Winmalee, NSW AUSTRALIA
Comments: Great story George, hope you enjoy your stay with Garrie and his family. Regards from down under, Ken Smith
Sign Time: June 02 2000 at 05:11:26

Visitor's Name: rick fowlie
Homepage URL: Ý
You are from: columbia, md., usa
Comments: I also am interested in passenger pigions. I wonder if with the advances in technology,men will be able to use the dna in feathers etc. to "clone" extinct species like the passenger pigion or dodo bird. I hope so. Great story!
Sign Time: May 31 2000 at 22:26:57

Visitor's Name: wick
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You are from: newww hampsha
Comments: heard about garrie's acquisition a few times and just happened to be looking at his site tonight and found the new additions to his site namely "George". A rare and very beautiful piece. Garrie should feel very lucky to have been the winner in the auction. And i think we all appreciate the work you have done garrie in trying to find the history of this bird wick
Sign Time: May 31 2000 at 00:57:52

Visitor's Name: Linda Rosellini-Burns
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You are from: Bothell, Washington
Comments: Your site is fasinating. The Passenger Pigeon story was amazing. I keep pigeons of many types at the dog kennel where I work. They are not shooting birds, they are my adored pets. I have doves and canaries at home and I am thinking of adding an outdoor avary this summer. I hope to purchase a pair of you delightful birds when I am set up. Thanks for the wonderful site. L.R.&B.
Sign Time: May 29 2000 at 14:43:58

Visitor's Name: Trent J. Graham
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You are from: currently - Milwaukee WI
Comments: Thanks for the interesting story -- I grew up listening to my grandfather talk about his father tell him of the flocks of Passengers when we would be looking for nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in Northern Wisconsin. Thank godness that the eagle perservered to their currently condition where seeing one now isn't such an oddity.
Sign Time: May 16 2000 at 18:45:40

Visitor's Name: Brenda Boyer
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You are from: Carencro, LA
Comments: You might try talking to Francis Love at the Art Center at UL. It might have a different name, it's the big pink plantation right before you get to the oil center. She possibly would know how to find out about the artist painting. You are right George is fantastic! I'll have to come visit soon.
Sign Time: May 16 2000 at 12:35:34

Visitor's Name: Jon Wuepper
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You are from: Berrien County, Michigan
Comments: I'm researching birds known to have occured in Berrien County, Michigan from 1679 (date of European "discovery"), until 1899. Berrien County is in the exteme southwest part of Michigan and has more bird species recorded than any other Michigan county, (334). I have found numerous Passenger Pigeon references in local newspapers. The last known mention of a live Passenger Pigeon in Berrien County, Michigan was in 1879. If anyone out there in cyberspace knows of any bird documentation for any species in Berrien County, Michigan please email me. The towns of Benton Harbor, Berrien Springs, St. Joseph, Niles and Buchanan are in Berrien County.
Sign Time: May 14 2000 at 20:19:34

Visitor's Name: Marc Beauchamp
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You are from: Rock Island, Il
Comments: I still hope hat they are still alive somewhere....God does miracles...Also the Eskimo Curlew and the Auk...and Carolina Parrot...
Sign Time: May 03 2000 at 19:43:52

Visitor's Name: Mike Fillenwarth
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You are from: Indianapolis, IN USA
Comments: Let me first say that I would give almost anything to have a Passenger Pigeon!!!! As I read through the other Guestbook entries al I could think of was the passage in the New Testament that says "...cast ye not your pearls before swine...". Comments about the antique value of it and how interesting the info was and all the other inane comments, when YOU HAVE A PASSENGER PIGEON!!!!! Why I have thought about Martha dieing in the Cincinatti Zoo as the Last Passenger Pigeon since I first read about it as a kid. As a biologist now, I wonder how its is possible that ever single last Passenger Pigeon died when there were so many just a few years before. Man killed most outright but did he also introduce a disease with his filthy Homing Pigeons and other European pigeons that eradicated them? The signature on the mural clearly looks Chinese to me, since I work with so many Chinese people. You should ask someone to look at it who knows Chinese. Guard your Passenger Pigeon with your life (almost)!!!!!! Someday it may be possible to take genetic material from your Pigeon and introduce it into the denucleated fertilized egg of a not too distantly related species and get a live Passenger Pigeon!!! Your specimen is worth more than its weight in gold, platimun, diamonds, anything you can think of!!! Thank you for letting me know there is another specimen out there that is cherished the way it needs to be.
Sign Time: May 02 2000 at 03:31:20

Visitor's Name: Jim Forrest
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You are from: Barrie,Ontario,Canada
Comments: I found this page both fascinating and interesting.It's great to see that this extinct bird is not forgotten.Also with are continued habitat destruction will birds that are now numerous someday end up as the Passenger Pigeon.Having read several books on extinct birds I found your investigation on George quite interesting as how many researchers do to acquire knowledge not easily available.
Sign Time: May 01 2000 at 19:52:14


Visitor's Name: Sarah Leen
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You are from: Maryland
Comments: I just finished reading Cokinos chapter on the Passenger Pigeon and decided to look for more info and perhaps pictures of the bird. I am so happy to have found your site and read your very interesting story. I think you have something very rare and fine. I saw the picture of "Martha" published in Life magazine when I was a kid and I can remember vividly the sadness and disbelief I felt even then at her story. I am a professional photographer and picture editor and I am currently working on a photographic book gathering images about the mass hunting and fishing practices around the turn of the century. I have yet to find an image that shows either the mass flocks of bird or the hunters with their huge catches but I am still looking. Sorry for such a long message but I am also fascinated with the history of this bird. Thanks for your great site. Sarah
Sign Time: April 26 2000 at 08:19:51

Visitor's Name: Raphael Rey Rosa
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You are from: Bronx, New York
Comments: I am elated to have learned more about this extinct specie of pigeons but not forgotten. Thanks to people like you for the research and keeping the memories alive for us pigeon lovers.
Sign Time: April 24 2000 at 22:46:07

Visitor's Name: don hinterschie
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You are from: south carolina
Comments: am an avid homing pigeon fan became interestd in passenger pigeons after a visit to the cincinatti zoocannot be any help in your quest for informantion.
Sign Time: April 16 2000 at 11:26:55

Visitor's Name: melissa
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You are from: corpus christi tx
Comments: this page was cool and very helpful in my reasearch!
Sign Time: April 13 2000 at 18:47:39

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You are from: NEW JERSEY
Sign Time: April 11 2000 at 14:03:15

Visitor's Name: Heather Rohde
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You are from: Illinois - The Prairie State
Comments: Hiya Garrie! I love your site - great to have all this important info made public. Give my regards to George.
Sign Time: April 06 2000 at 14:45:21

Visitor's Name: Scott A. Mcpeak
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You are from: Ohio
Comments: A fantastic and educational site
Sign Time: April 05 2000 at 21:52:17

Visitor's Name: Alisha Swingle
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You are from: California
Comments: nice web site!
Sign Time: April 05 2000 at 17:57:14

Visitor's Name: Alisha Swingle
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You are from: California
Comments: nice web site!
Sign Time: April 05 2000 at 17:57:14

Visitor's Name: Mike Wilkey
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You are from: Michigan
Comments: Thank you for sharing this sad story of the demise of such a noble bird. While travelling through northern Indiana recently, I happened to cross a creek which was named Pigeon Creek. The reason that this creek bore this name could possibly be attributed to the fact that at one time it was a nesting ground for a vast flock of passenger pigeons. It would seem as though mankind would learn a valuable lesson from being responsible for the total extiction of the passenger pigeon within such a short span of time, but sadly, mankind seems to think only of mankind and little else.
Sign Time: April 03 2000 at 20:43:44

Visitor's Name: Gary T. McGhee
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You are from: Star City (Lincoln County)Arkansas 71667
Comments: An area 3 miles west of Star City is called Pigeon Roost, supposedly from the roosting of Passenger Piegons. I would like to find out when they were probably last seen here!
Sign Time: April 03 2000 at 15:47:08

Visitor's Name: Angie Milne
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You are from: Plymouth, England
Comments: A very touching and sad story, if only humans could learn to live with nature instead of destroying it. One of the best sites I've visited.
Sign Time: March 30 2000 at 17:28:45

Visitor's Name: Don Fisher
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You are from: Beaumont, California
Comments: One of the most interesting sites I've ever visited. Great job!
Sign Time: March 30 2000 at 02:49:24

Visitor's Name: Bob Boyd
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You are from: GSO, NC
Comments: Fascinating account, and a sad commentary on the unnecessary loss of a beautiful species that can never be brought back. I would love to have seen these birds flying in such large numbers that the sky darkened with the beating of their wings sounding like a tornado. So tragic that they will never be seen again, and so senseless....
Sign Time: March 26 2000 at 20:28:14

Visitor's Name: Kerry Lentz
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You are from: Kansas
Comments: Thank you for sharing George's story with us. I wish more people could learn from the mistakes made with the passenger pigeon as well as other animals and birds. Everytime we lose another species, we lose a little of ourselves.
Sign Time: March 24 2000 at 13:42:55

Visitor's Name: John Mahan
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You are from: Pennsylvania
Comments: This site has to rank up in my top 10 sites of all time. It is pretty chilling to look upon, "in the flesh", so to speak, an extinct animal. All the same, I am very glad that you have chosen to share your specimen with everyone on the web. It is always extremely depressing for me to think of the fates of the passenger pigeon and many other extinct animals, but a record must be kept. Thank you very much.
Sign Time: March 23 2000 at 22:06:42

Visitor's Name: Pollet, Marc
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You are from: Belgium
Comments: It is still very difficult for me to believe that an animal species which numbered billions of individuals has been eradicated by our race in such a short time. This extermination of a tremendous number of animal species started at about 50.000 years B.P. and still goes on. Many people do not realize that the present macrofauna only represents a fraction of the original fauna in almost every continent. I am afraid that this process cannot be stopped anymore, although we must keep on fighting against it and especially draw attention to the youth that at least they realize what value biodiversity comprises. I am ashamed to belong to our species.
Sign Time: March 16 2000 at 06:38:16

Visitor's Name: Steve Stiert
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You are from: Ý
Comments: The homepage URL I gave is that to a page on the site of the bluegrass musician John Herald who wrote a song entitled "Martha, the last of the Passenger Pigeons". There is a realaudio version of this song on that page that you can listen to. It's a beautiful song.
Sign Time: March 13 2000 at 00:30:19

Visitor's Name: Maria Shackelford
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You are from: Kettle Falls, Washington
Comments: How exciting to own and find the history of this fine bird! As a lover of antiques I understand how soul stirring such things can be.
Sign Time: March 10 2000 at 11:09:26

Visitor's Name: Vincent Nguyen
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You are from: British Columbia, Canada
Comments: I really like the information about passenger pigeons. Would you please send me more photos and/or more informations about these birds? Thank you
Sign Time: March 03 2000 at 14:57:52

Visitor's Name: Tim Godso
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You are from: Baton Rouge la.
Comments: This is a very interesting story, don't you wish a live pair.
Sign Time: February 27 2000 at 22:52:59