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September 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

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Passing on passenger-pigeon lore


MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lea Shaw, 8, center left; Kailyn Shaw, 6, center; and Raigan Mao, 6, right, spot the passenger-pigeon-styled origami they made during the "Fold the Flock" event Saturday at the Burke Museum in Seattle. The event, which took place worldwide over the holiday weekend, commemorated the 100-year anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon after the last of the species, Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo on Sept. 1, 1914. The passenger pigeon was once the most populous bird in North America, and the anniversary tribute aims to re-create the astounding size of that population by fashioning 1 million paper birds by the end of 2014. Visitors over the weekend could watch a one-hour, award-winning documentary that will be screening alongside the event.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Sophie Newton, 6, folds passenger-pigeon-styled origami during the "Fold the Flock" event at the Burke Museum on Saturday.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Mark Jennings, left, Charlotte Jennings, 10, center, and Chiara Lettieri, 17, take a selfie after folding their passenger-pigeon-styled origamis.

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