CHICAGO — Holiday meals have traditionally included meat pies.
It’s not possible, however, to produce a truly authentic Québécois tourtière pie, as the main ingredient of this north-of-the-border recipe is extinct.
Now the Chicago Academy of Sciences has launched, “Project Passenger Pigeon,” to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the extinction of the species “and use it not only as an opportunity to familiarize people with this remarkable species, but also to raise awareness of current issues related to human-caused extinction, explore connections between humans and the natural world, and inspire people to become more involved in building a sustainable relationship with other species.”
The project director asks that people who have photographs of pigeon shoots from the 19th and the very early 20th century or other pertinent memorabilia to share them.
Contact Project Passenger Pigeon.
I don’t have access to my grammie’s recipe index cards. However I am led to understand my ancestors celebrated the holidays with a wicked Carolina Parakeet-on-a-stick, roast Heath Hen, and marked special events with a dish of battered and fried Round Island Burrowing Boa.
Deforestation and other habitat destruction has been cited as the reason behind the extinction of most species disappearing in the last 100 years.