2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. To help remember this extinct bird, we are folding origami pigeons to symbolically recreate the great flocks of 100 years ago. The origami patterns we used are courtesy of the Lost Bird Project’s "Fold the Flock" initiative (an arts-based environmental non-profit).
At the time of European arrival, Passenger Pigeons accounted for up to forty percent of the land birds of North America. Passenger Pigeons flew in vast flocks, numbering in the billions, sometimes eclipsing the sun from noon until nightfall. Flying sixty miles an hour, they migrated across their geographic range, which stretched from the northeastern and mid-western states and into Canada to the southern states.
By creating these origami paper birds, we are contributing to the virtual flock of origami birds being made all over the United States. Several art classes, as well as the help of Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Clark’s enrichment classes contributed 283 origami birds to the flock!
To learn more about the Lost Bird Project or the passenger pigeon click here.