This Day in Environmental History – On February 21, 1918 the
last remaining Carolina Parakeet died at the Cincinnati Zoo marking its
complete extinction. The Carolina Parakeet was the only parrot species native
to the Southeastern and Midwest states of the US. Its decline began with
European colonization as a function old growth forest habitat destruction.
Their final extinction has also been linked to the introduction of the honeybee
to the US which overtook many of the bird’s nesting sites. Ironically, the
honeybee is not native to the US but was rather imported from Europe, the American
Indians often referred to them as “white man’s flies”.