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BRIEF: Travel smart: The bird we never knew

June 29, 2014

By Ellen Creager, Detroit Free Press



June 29--They were nature's amazing travelers.

And the last one became extinct in 1914.

Now, Michigan State University Museum presents "They Passed Like a Cloud" (running through Jan. 25), an exhibit on the passenger pigeon, a bird that once numbered an estimated 3 billion to 5 billion in the U.S. but was decimated to oblivion.

Featuring 3D specimens, exhibits, an audio re-creation of what a flock must have sounded like and wistful accounts of the pigeon's glory days, the 100-year-anniversary exhibition gives a glimpse of what it might have been like to see or hear the birds, which could cover 180 square miles in a single flock and take days to fly by.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 409 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing. 517-355-2370. museum.msu.edu. The exhibit is free; donations accepted.

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