Vol, 1, No 4. August, 1935.
Ill.nois State Museum Springfield, Illinois
Located on Fiftth Floor of Cetennial Building
A monthly guide to a keener understanding of
the Illinois State Museum as a living thing-
a Museum whose exhibits are planned for popular enjoyment without loss of scientific accuracy.
Once not long ago in
Illinois there lived
green parrots with
bright yellow heads and
long, slender tails. In
southern Illinois great
green flocks of these
Carolina paroquets came
in summer to eat grain
and fruit, and filled
the air with soft chattering.
Today there are no
more wild parrots in Illinois. The last of
them now nest in isolated spots in Florida.
Irate farmers and the millinery trade wiped
out the paroquets, so that they, together
with several other species of American birds,
seemed doomed to extinction.
There were nine of these, five already to
be listed among the dead. Seven-are represented
in the Museum --- the heath hen, Eskimo curlew, ivory-billed woodpecker, trumpeter swan,
Carolina paroquet, whooping crane and the
passenger pigeon. They were collected at a
time when they were still fairly abundant and
there was little thought of coming extinction.
Two more, the egret and the wood duck, once
were perilously close to passing from the
earth; but legislation, too late for many
birds, came in time to save them.
Thorne Duele, Chief Virginia S. Eifert, editor
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