Nets used to catch passenger pigeons in Massachusetts and now in possession of Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.
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Edward Howe Forbush, Birds of Massachusetts and New England (1927), says of its status: “formerly abundant migrant and common local to abundant local summer resident.” He gives the dates of its normal presence within the state as being between March 10 and October 21.
Last Records pf the Passenger Pigeon:
Several reported seen in the early 1890s at Walnut Hill, North Reading, Plymouth, and Woods Hole. The last specimen was shot Melrose on April 12, 1894.
Places Likely Named for Passenger Pigeon:
There are at least 12 places in Massachusetts with pigeon in the name:
Pigeon Hill (rise) in Bristol County, two in Essex County, one in Middlesex County, one in Norfolk County, and two in Worcester County.
Pigeon Cove (bay) in Essex County.
Pigeon Rock (island) in Essex County.
Pigeon Cove (town) in Essex County.
Pigeon Cove School (school) in Essex County.
Pigeon Hill Cemetery (cemetery) in Worcester County.
“Upon the eighth of March from after it was fair daylight, until about eight of the clock in the forenoon, there flew over all the towns in our plantation, so many flocks of doves, each flock containing many thousands and some so many that they obscured the light, that it passeth credit, if but the truth should be written.” Governor Dudley to the Countess of Lincoln, March 12, 1630
The Numbers of those, that visit us in their Seasons, are such, that I am almost afraid of giving you a true Report of them, lest you should imagine a Palephatus were imposing his Incredibles upon you. Cotton Mather in letter to Royal Society of London, 1712.
Saw a pigeon-place on George Heywood’s cleared lot, — the six dead trees set up for the pigeons to alight on, and the brush house close by to conceal the man. I was rather startled to find such a thing going now in Concord. The pigeons on the trees like fabulous birds with their long tails and their pointed breasts. I could hardly believe they were alive and not some wooden birds used for decoys. Henry David Thoreau, September 12, 1851.
“In one of the rural districts of Massachusetts lives a little, weazen-faced, antique man, of remarkable lingual developments. This old man, though near a railroad junction, never set foot in a rail car, or was more than fifty miles from home. It can hardly be wonderful that he is somewhat superstitious. In conversation, recently, relative to a sick neighbor, whose death had been daily and hourly expected, he thus sagely delivered himself: “I don’t believe but what that sick man has pigeon feathers in his bed, for they say whoever sleeps on pigeon feathers never’ll die. There was old Miss –, that lived along several years after the doctors had given her up. For a long time she kept her hand going pit-a-pat on her breast, just like a fluttering pigeon’s wing. When her friends were all tired out tending her, and wondered what made her live on so, a stranger, hearing of the case, came into the house and asked if there was any pigeon feathers around her. Now, her relatives were great hunters and caught swarms of pigeons, and of course they saved the feathers and made use of them, and had a pigeon feather pillow between the upper and under bed. By just pulling out the pillow the old woman dropped quietly away in fifteen minutes. So there must be something salvating in feathers.” Detroit Free Press, 1 April 1863
“Brewster . . . remarks that a heavy flight passed thought eastern Massachusetts between September 2 and September 10, 1871, and that he was assured that thousands were killed and that the netters in Concord and Reading used their nets as of old.” Forbush, 1927.
One morning in 1874 . . . they made their last large catch. With five springs of the nets, “one hundred and dozen and eight Passenger Pigeons were captured.” Every man, woman and child in the Killam and Curtis families set to work plucking the birds for market. They worked all that afternoon and throughout the night, and early the following morning Curtis drove the slow miles to Salem where he sold the catch in the Market Square on Front Street for a dollar and quarter a dozen. Janey Winchell, Old Time New England, v. 45, n. 3, 1955.
Massachusetts Locations Known to Have Passenger Pigeon Skins, Mounts, and or Skeletons:
Amherst: 1) University of Massachusetts; and 2) Amherst College
Boston: 1) *Boston Museum of Science; 2) * Boston’s Children’s Museum
Cambridge: 1) *Harvard Natural History Museum; 2) Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
Natick: *Natick Natural History Society
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Pittsfield: *Berkshire Museum
Salem: Peabody Museum
Springfield: *Springfield Museum (on display occasionally)
Wellesley: *Wellesley College
* If an asterisk appears, at least one passenger pigeon is known to be on display; this list is mainly based on Hahn's Where is That Vanished Bird (1963). Please let us know of any changes including additional locations and/or birds on display, name changes of institution, if birds are no longer present, etc.
Read Fascinating Historical Accounts of the Passenger Pigeon in Massachusetts
Wisconsin’s A.W. [Bill] Schorger (1884-1972) spent many years researching the history of the Passenger Pigeon, and he summarized his findings in his 1955 book, The Passenger Pigeon: Its Natural History and Extinction. At the time of its publication, the book was the most comprehensive account of the species. Schorger did an excellent job summarizing the nearly 10,000 historical records he discovered in libraries and historical societies around the country, but his original research notes contain many additional details.
For the 2014 centennial, Professor Stanley Temple of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has made all Schorger’s handwritten research notes available in digital form. This link will take you to a table that provides details of all the historical records Bill Schorger discovered for Massachusetts. [Schorger-MA.pdf]
Read Historical Accounts from Shorger's Original Field Notes about the Passenger Pigeon in Massachusetts
These sources are newly available on the Passenger Pigeon site (as of January 25, 2014). The links below give access to often-firsthand, eyewitness accounts of pigeons, the table includes a cross reference to the exact page in Schorger’s notes where you can read the full text of the account and find a citation of the original source document. All these historical documents are in PDF format in sizes ranging from 24mb - 60mb. These documents will open in their own window. Use the links below to find the page containing the account you’re interested in exploring further:
Schorger pages 1-329
Schorger pages 330-632
Schorger pages 633-959
Schorger pages 960-1242
Schorger pages 1243-1585
Schorger pages 1586-1890
Schorger pages 1891-2232
Schorger pages 2233-2556
Your text contributions on passenger pigeons in the U.S. or Canada are welcome.Email your text notes to us. Include: first and last name, and the State or Province you reference in the Subject Line.
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Willems at the Mazza Museum Fall 2012 Conference
|Born||February 11, 1968 (age 52)|
Des Plaines, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||Author, illustrator, animator, voice actor|
|Education||New York University(BFA)|
Mo Willems (born February 11, 1968) is an American writer, animator, voice actor, and creator of children's books. His television work includes creating the animated television series Sheep in the Big City for Cartoon Network as well as working on Sesame Street, and The Off-Beats.
Early life and education
Willems was born in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Illinois and was raised in New Orleans, where he graduated from Trinity Episcopal School and the Isidore Newman School. He graduated cum laude from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Willems first became interested in cartoon art when he was just a child. When he was 3 or 4 he started to draw and create his own characters. Willems enjoyed writing stories about his characters to share with others. However, he was disappointed when adults would praise his work out of politeness. To fix this dilemma Willems started writing funny stories. He knew that even polite adults could not fake a laugh. So when the adults laughed he knew his story was good and if the adults still gave polite comments then he knew his story was bad.
After graduating from Tisch, Willems spent a year traveling around the world drawing a cartoon every day, all of which have been published in the book You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons.
Returning to New York, he started his career as a writer and animator for Sesame Street, where he earned six Emmy Awards for writing during his tenure from 1993 to January 2002. The segments he wrote and animated for the show included a series of short segments featuring the recurring character Susie Kabloozie, and her pet cat, Feff. During this period he also performed stand-up comedy in NYC and recorded essays for BBC Radio along with making a promo for Cartoon Network and animating the opening for a show on Nickelodeon. He later created two animated television series: The Off-Beats for Nickelodeon and Sheep in the Big City for Cartoon Network.Sheep in the Big City was a success with the critics but ultimately failed to attract sufficient viewership and was canceled after two seasons. Willems later worked as head writer on the first four seasons of Codename: Kids Next Door, created by one of his colleagues from Sheep, Tom Warburton. He left the show to pursue his writing career.
Since 2003, Willems has authored numerous books for young children, many of which have garnered significant critical acclaim. The New York Times Book Review referred to Willems as 'the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the 00's' — and to his pigeon character as 'one of this decade's contributions to the pantheon of great picture book characters.' Recently he has been creating the Elephant and Piggie books, an early reader series about a friendly elephant and pig. In 2010, Willems introduced a new series of books featuring Cat the Cat, also aimed at early readers.
Willems' books have been translated into a number of languages, spawned animated shorts that have twice been awarded the Carnegie Medal (Knuffle Bunny, 2007, and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, 2010), and been developed into theatrical musical productions. His illustrations, wire sculpture, and carved ceramics have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation. He made several appearances on NPR's All Things Considered as the show's 'radio cartoonist' in 2008.
In 2019, Willems was named the Kennedy Center's first education artist-in-residence. In 2020, the Center sponsored a series of virtual lunch doodles with Mo Willems as a way of keeping children entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three of Willems' books have been awarded a Caldecott Honor, for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity also won the Indies Choice Book Award for Children's Illustrated Book.
Also in 2005, his book Leonardo, the Terrible Monster was named a Time Magazine Best Children's Book; it was also awarded a Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book in 2006.
Two animated versions of his books were awarded Carnegie Medals (Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!)
Elephant & Piggie books won two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medals, for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?, and five Geisel Honors, for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let's Go for a Drive!, A Big Guy Took My Ball!, and Waiting Is Not Easy! His 2009 I Love My New Toy! earned him a Golden Kite Award.
The Pigeon Needs a Bath was awarded the Best Picture Book award by Goodreads in 2014.The Thank You Book was awarded the same award by Goodreads in 2016.
Willems won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Children's Series six times for his work on Sesame Street between 1995 and 2001.
In 2019, Willems was named the Best of Brooklyn, during the Brooklyn Book Festival.
In 2020, Willems recorded an audio book, The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!, for which he was nominated for the Audie Award for Young Listeners. The same book had Willems on the NY Times Bestseller list for 11 weeks running.
He married Cheryl Camp in Brooklyn, New York, in 1997. They reside in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Willems has worked on a number of books on his own, as well as submitting work for other compilations.
- Pigeon series
- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2003) — Caldecott Honor (2004),Charlotte Zolotow Commendation
- The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! (2004)
- The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! (2005)
- The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! (2005)
- Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! (2006)
- The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! (2008)
- The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (2012) — Irma Black Honor (2013)
- Don't Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book! (2012)
- The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (2014)
- The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! (2019)
- Knuffle Bunny series
- Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (2004) — Caldecott Honor (2005),Charlotte Zolotow Honor 2005
- Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity (2007) — Caldecott Honor (2008)
- Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion (2010)
- Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct (2006)
- Leonardo, the Terrible Monster (2005) — Charlotte Zolotow Commendation
- Time to Pee! (2003)
- Time to Say 'Please'! (2005)
- You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons (2006)
- Elephant & Piggie series
- Today I Will Fly! (2007)
- My Friend is Sad (2007)
- I Am Invited to a Party! (2007)
- There Is a Bird on Your Head! (2007) — Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal (2008)
- I Love My New Toy! (2008)
- I Will Surprise My Friend! (2008)
- Are You Ready to Play Outside? (2008) — Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal (2009)
- Watch Me Throw the Ball! (2009)
- Elephants Cannot Dance! (2009)
- Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (2009)
- I Am Going! (2010)
- Can I Play Too? (2010)
- We Are in a Book! (2010) — Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor (2011)
- I Broke My Trunk! (2011) — Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor (2012)
- Should I Share My Ice Cream? (2011)
- Happy Pig Day! (2011)
- Listen to My Trumpet! (2012)
- Let's Go for a Drive! (2012) — Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor (2013)
- A Big Guy Took My Ball! (2013) — Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor (2014)
- I'm a Frog! (2013)
- My New Friend Is So Fun! (2014)
- Waiting Is Not Easy! (2014) — Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor (2015)
- I Will Take a Nap!
- I Really Like Slop!
- The Thank You Book
- Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed (2009)
- Big Frog Can't Fit In: A Pop-Out Book (2009)
- Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (2012) — Irma Black Honor (2013)
- That is NOT a Good Idea! (2013) — Irma Black Medal (2014)
- Don't Pigeonhole Me! (2013)
- Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator! (2011)
- Cat the Cat series
- Cat the Cat, Who Is That? (2010)
- Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly (2010)
- What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound? (2010)
- Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! (2010)
- City Dog, Country Frog (2010) — Charlotte Zolotow Honor
- The Story of Diva and Flea (2015), illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
- Nanette's Baguette (2016)
- Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World (2017)
- Welcome (2017)
- A Busy Creature's Day Eating (2018)
- Unlimited Squirrels series
- I Lost My Tooth! (2018)
- Who is the Mystery Reader? (2019)
- Because (2019), illustrated by Amber Ren
- The Man Who Yelled (1990)
- Ira Sleeps Over (1991) (animator)
- A Child's Garden of Verses (1992) (layout)
- Iddy Biddy Beat Boy (1993) (director)
- Cartoon Network 'Closedown' (design) (1993)
- Sesame Street (various shorts, including Suzie Kabloozie and I'm an Octopus) (1993–1999)
- Another Bad Day for Philip Jenkins (1994)
- Going, Going, Almost Gone! Animals in Danger (1995) (animator)
- Crazy Owen (promo for Cartoon Network) (1995)
- Nickelodeon 'Rhino ID' (design) (1996)
- The Off-Beats (1996–1998)
- Short Films by Short People (show open) (1997)
- An Off-Beats Valentine's (1999)
- Life (1999; 6-minute short)
- Sheep in the Big City (2000–2002)
- Codename: Kids Next Door (2002-2008)
- My Fair Lady (2003)
- LazyTown (2004) (writer)
- Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation: Z.E.R.O (2006)
- Sit Down, Shut Up (character designer) (2009)
- ^Mo Willems, 'A Helluva Town(s)', Mo Willems Doodles (his official blog), February 8, 2008.
- ^Abby Colich, Mo Willems (Capstone Publishers, 2013), ISBN978-1476531571, p. 6. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- ^Susan Larson, 'Local writers continue to rack up awards'Archived 2010-03-16 at the Wayback Machine, Times-Picayune, January 23, 2008.
- ^Maria C. Montoya, 'Mo Willems, author and former 'Sesame Street' writer, visits New Orleans', Times-Picayune, June 22, 2011.
- ^'Publishing Success is Child’s Play for Mo Willems ’86', Isidore Newman School, September 30, 2009.
- ^ ab'New York Times: Weddings: Mo Willems and Cheryl Camp'. The New York Times, Style Section. September 28, 1997.
- ^'Mo Willems', Authors, and Artists for Young Adults, 71, Detroit: Biography in Context, 2006
- ^'Pigeon Presents: You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons'. Archived from the original on 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
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- ^'A Conversation With Mo Willems'. School Library Journal. November 18, 2009.
- ^Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video: Past Winners
- ^Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video: Current Winner, 2010
- ^National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature: Mo Willems
- ^National Public Radio (NPR): Stories featuring Mo Williams
- ^PBS NewsHour Children's author Mo Willems on sparking creativity and joy Season 2019, retrieved 2020-03-23
- ^Times, The New York (2020-03-23). 'What to Watch, Read and Listen To During Your Coronavirus Self-Quarantine'. The New York Times. ISSN0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
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- ^ abcdefghAmerican Library Association, Association for Library Service to Children: (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award Winners and Honor Books, 2006–Present.
- ^'SCBWI Past Golden Kite Recipients'. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
- ^'Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Picture Books!'. Goodreads. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
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- ^Willems, Mo (2019). The pigeon has to go to school!. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group. ISBN978-1-368-04645-9. OCLC1052902462.
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- ^ abcd'Charlotte Zolotow Award Books'. CCBC. University of Wisconsin - Madison. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
- ^ abc'Past Winners (Irma Black Award)'. www.bankstreet.edu. Bank Street College of Education. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
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- Mo Willems Papers. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.