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The Lost Bird Project Trailer HD from Lost Bird Project on Vimeo.

For our fall kick-off meeting on Thursday, September 4th at 7:30 PM at the Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.) we will be viewing an amazing video called the Lost Bird Project.
Gone and nearly forgotten in extinction, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Passenger Pigeon leave holes not just in the North American landscape but in our collective memories. Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to create memorials to the lost birds—to bring their vanished forms back into the world. The Lost Bird Project follows the road-trip that McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy Stern, take as they search for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiate for permission to install McGrain's large bronze sculptures there.
Traveling all the way from the tropical swamps of Florida to Martha's Vineyard to the rocky coasts of Newfoundland over a period of two years, McGrain and Stern scout locations, talk to park rangers, speak at town meetings and battle bureaucracy in their effort to gather support for the project. McGrain's aim in placing the sculptures is to give presence to the birds where they are now so starkly absent. "These birds are not commonly known," he says, "and they ought to be, because forgetting is another kind of extinction. It's such a thorough erasing."
For more information about the project go to www.lostbirdfilm.org
 
Fold the Flock: Passenger Pigeon Origami Project
Picture of Origami passenger pigeons
2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. To help remember the Passenger Pigeon, we are folding origami pigeons to recreate the great flocks of 100 years ago.
Martha, the last of her kind, died on September 1, 1914 in her cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. She stands as a symbol of nature's fragility and what has been lost. We can only imagine the huge flocks that darkened the skies for days. To honor this momentous anniversary, Fold the Flocks invites you to watch this animation.

LBP Passenger Pigeon Flock Overhead
from Lost Bird Project on Vimeo.
To join the flock and add your origami pigeon to the count go to foldtheflock.org
 
 
 
 
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Mecklenburg Audubon is selling Bird-Friendly coffee to raise conservation funds to help protect habitat for the Wood Thrush. For more information.
Regular: 12 oz - $13.00
  32 oz. - $23.00
Decaf: 12 oz. - $14.00
  32 oz - $25.00
Whole beans or coarse, extra fine, fine, medium grind available.
To order contact Bill Duston [bduston@carolina.rr.com].
 
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