WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Saturday, September 24th. Early this month in 1914, the last known remaining member of a bird species some thought to have been the most abundant on Earth passed away. The death of the 29-year-old female passenger pigeon, named Martha, marked the extinction of the species that once covered North America with enormous flocks. Deforestation and extensive hunting reduced the flocks greatly by the second half of the 19th Century, and the decline could not be reversed. Martha died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo, and her preserved remains were displayed for many years at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. We are now more devoted to conserving and preserving. In the U.S., there are some 625 zoos and botanical gardens, and over 5,000 museums. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Passenger pigeon extinction/accessed 6/30/2016: http://www.wildbirds.org/apidesay.htm
Martha's life/accessed 6/30/2016: http://www.mnh.si.edu/onehundredyears/featured_objects/martha2.html
Zoos and botanical gardens/NAICS 71230: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~71213
Museums/NAICS 712110: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~71211
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau