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Fold the Flock

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Sat., Aug. 30, 2014 – Mon., Sept. 1, 2014
10 am –  5 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

September 1, 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger pigeon, once the most populous bird in North America. Martha, the last survivor of the species passed away in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914.

Join us to commemorate the anniversary with a special suite of activities during Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, August 30 – Monday, September 1, in partnership with the Lost Bird Project.

Visitors can participate in a world-wide initiative called “Fold the Flock” by making special origami Passenger pigeons. Fold the Flock aims to symbolically recreate the astounding size of former Passenger pigeon flocks by facilitating the creation of one million paper birds. Birds folded at the museum throughout the weekend will be displayed and the final total will be registered on the Fold the Flock website.

The Burke will also display its Passenger pigeon specimen, one of the 1,532 specimens left on earth.

A one-hour, award-winning documentary, The “Lost Bird Project” will be shown Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 11 a.m. Visitors will also be invited to reflect on the history of this once abundant species, and share their own thoughts about species or places they want to protect.

Those who want to participate from home can download a free template or purchase one and record their contribution at foldtheflock.org. Participants are encouraged to share photos of their creations on social media using #burkeflock #foldtheflock.