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Atlas Obscura A Memorial Sculpture to the Last Heath Hen Ever Seen

Booming Ben, the last heath hen ever seen before the birds’ extinction, was last spotted near the airport on Martha’s Vineyard. Today, a sculpture of a heath hen memorializes the lost species at that very spot.

Heath hens were once very plentiful between New Hampshire and Virginia in the United States. They were also considered very good to eat, and were nearly extinct from being hunted by 1870. (It has been suggested that a heath hen, not a turkey, was consumed at the first Thanksgiving.)

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