A Monument to the Pigeon

Overlooking the banks of the Mississippi river.

Wyalusing State Park Monument to the Pigeon

Photo of Park Entrance

Visit their web site: http://www.wyalusing.org

This state park in southwestern Wisconsin contains a monument to the Last Passenger Pigeon in Wisconsin, shot at Babcock in September of 1899.

Click the link above for information on the Park!




Sentinel Ridge Trail

1.6 miles, 1 1/2hours, Medium; becomes steep and rocky towards boat landing. Running from Point Lookout to the boat landing, this wooded trail turns the corner from the Wisconsin River to the Mississippi River. Midway along the trail is the Passenger Pigeon monument, many Indian mounds, the nature trail segment, and spectacular river viewpoints.

Please return to read more about the monument and the complete story behind its dedication!

From a Newspaper Notice dated 1997 

Passenger pigeon monument holds ceremony Sunday

To commemorate the 50 th anniversary of the dedication of the passenger pigeon
monument at Wyalusing State Park, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology will hold a celebration at the park June 1.

The last passenger pigeon in the state was shot at Babcock in September 1899.

The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at the Green Cloud Picnic area at the site of the monument. The main speaker will be Gaylord Nelson, former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator, founder of Earth Day and counselor to the Wilderness Society.

Nina Leopold Bradley, daughter of the late Wisconsin conservationist Aldo Leopold, will read from her father's essay "On a Monument to the Passenger Pigeon," from "A Sand County Almanac."

Also speaking will be state Rep. Spencer Black, D-Madison, and Phil Sander, designer of the monument, who was present at the 1947 dedication.

On May 31 and June 1, there will be guided birding field trips beginning at 6 a.m. at the parking lot on Long Valley Road in the park.

Campers may register by calling 608/996-2261. Registrants will receive a mail form to reserve a campsite in the park. Other area lodging information can be obtained by calling 800/732-1673.

Wyalusing State Park is located south of Prairie du Chien and can be accessed from Wisconsin 18/35 south of the Wisconsin River.

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Historical marker of Last Great Gathering of Pigeons.

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