I have been fascinated by passenger pigeons for over a decade now. I first learned about them and their de-extinction project from the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and I have been obsessed with them ever since. I have been researching them for various school projects and for fun since I was 12 years old, so this project has essentially been years in the making. I really want to share my passion for these birds, and their powerful story. Their tragic downfall shocked the world and left the forests worse off in their absence. People are now working to restore these forces of nature back to their rightful place within the eastern North American forests. Theirs is a tale of loss and heartache, but also of hope and dedication. I love these birds, and I hope that I was able to capture why within the time that I was given.