Smithsonian ornithologist Brian Schmidt with Martha, which was the last known living passenger pigeon. The bird died in September 1914 at the Cincinnati zoo. Her carcass was stuffed and put on display at the Smithsonian's Natural history Museum in Washington.
Smithsonian ornithologist Brian Schmidt with Martha, which was the last known living passenger pigeon. The bird died in September 1914 at the Cincinnati zoo. Her carcass was stuffed and put on display at the Smithsonian's Natural history Museum in Washington. Associated Press
Smithsonian ornithologist Brian Schmidt with Martha, which was the last known living passenger pigeon. The bird died in September 1914 at the Cincinnati zoo. Her carcass was stuffed and put on display at the Smithsonian's Natural history Museum in Washington. Associated Press

Tom Eblen: The anniversary of the last passenger pigeon, a bird that once filled Kentucky's skies

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.