Contact(s): Liz Herzmann, DNR wildlife conservation educator, 920-387-7893
HORICON, Wis. - Join members of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club Feb. 21 for a rare chance to unveil an exceptionally preserved specimen of an extinct bird that once darkened the skies of Wisconsin.
A mounted Passenger Pigeon that had been in the family of Drew Pattee for generations was recently donated to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to be displayed at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The official unveiling will take place Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7p.m. at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. This free event is open to all ages.
It is believed that the bird was taken near Alto, a small town in central Wisconsin, by William Drew (W.D). Pattee (1858-1925) as a young man. This prized specimen and many other birds were passed along to his descendants. In fall 2018, the family decided to donate the preserved mounts to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center for public display.
On this special night, a brief unveiling ceremony with members of the donor family in attendance will be followed by a presentation on "Lost Birds of Wisconsin" by Horicon Marsh Bird Club President, Jeff Bahls.
Attendees will learn about the demise of a bird that once numbered in the billions, along with information about other birds that are no longer found in Wisconsin.
The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between Horicon and Mayville on Highway 28. For a detailed list of all Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center special events, please visit the Friends of Horicon Marsh website at