Sole Survivor

A single male heath hen, almost certainly the sole survivor of its species in the whole world, showed itself this week.

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Last Heath Hen is Dead and Race is Now Extinct, Expert Observers Agree
The Vineyard Gazette

Somewhere on the great plain of Martha’s Vineyard death and the heath hen have met. One day, just as usual, there was a bird called the heath hen, and the next day there was none. How he came to his end no human being can know. But the death of wild birds is a violent death. The eye becomes dimmed, the beat of the wings lags ever so little, the star of fortune blinds for a fraction of a second it is enough. An enemy strikes and death has come.

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Heath Hen Tops De-Extinction List
Sara Brown
An effort to bring the heath hen back into existence is now the leading de-extinction project in the world, putting the Vineyard at the forefront of new technology in wildlife conservation.
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Heath Hen as Gateway Bird for De-extinction Inches Closer to Reality
Sara Brown
The first phase of a ground-breaking project to bring the heath hen back from extinction has been successfully completed, scientists said this week. The path to bringing back the bird is getting more tangible, and scientists say the heath hen could be “the gateway bird” for avian de-extinction.
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Heath Hen Project Advances Quickly
Sara Brown

A complex and groundbreaking project that aims to bring back the heath hen is advancing “at lightning speed,” scientists said this week.

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Heath Hen Debate Contains Vineyard DNA
Ivy Ashe

Bringing back an extinct species raises a whirlwind of questions — technical, ethical and financial. Would it be possible? Should it be done?

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Heath Hens and Habitat
Susan B. Whiting
I sincerely doubt if heath hens were re-introduced to the Vineyard that they would make it through one season.
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Historic Film Shows Heath Hens Alive and Dancing on Vineyard
Tom Dunlop
The last heath hen disappeared from Martha's Vineyard in 1932 and the species declared extinct in 1933.
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Once Flourishing Heath Hen Made Its Last Stand on Island
Sara Brown
The heath hen’s story of decline and extinction has become inextricably linked to Martha’s Vineyard.
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Heath Hen Raises Bar on De-Extinction Debate
Sara Brown
The heath hen is at the center of a new effort and a new debate on the Island, as scientific advances have made de-extinction a possibility.
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