Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FOLD THE FLOCK: Passenger Pigeon Origami Project

Origami Passenger Pigeon from Audubon
2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. Once millions of these birds gathered in huge flocks across the eastern part of North America.  Now they are gone.To help remember the Passenger Pigeon, the Audubon Society is promoting the folding of origami pigeons as a symbolic way of recreating the great flocks of 100 years ago and raise awareness of the need to protect all our wildlife. A beautiful preprinted origami pigeon and directions for folding is included inside the May-June issue of Audubon Magazine.  You can also download a copy (for free) from the web at foldtheflock.org  or order sets of printed birds ready for folding.  Recently, my granddaughter helped me fold the pigeon that came in my magazine. When we finished, we logged onto the www.foldtheflock.org site and added ours to the flock.  As of August 3, 2014 the total number in the flock was 248,859.  By now it will be much more! You can fold yours and help the flock to grow.  Learn more about why Passenger Pigeons went extinct in the May-June 2014 issue of Audubon Magazine.


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