We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
THE SHOPPES AT WILTON
Next to TJMaxx,
3084 Route 50, Suite 1
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 226-0071
Fax: (518) 226-0253
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Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs - Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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This September will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of the last Passenger Pigeon. Passenger Pigeons had once been the most abundant bird on the continent, perhaps in the world. It was estimated that their population topped 6 BILLION birds.
And now there are none. Zero. Human activities, followed by our inaction to stop the birds' decline, are to blame. Over-hunting and habitat destruction cleared our skies of 6,000,000,000 birds. In September 1914, the last Passenger Pigeon, a captive bird named Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo.
1) Download and print a Passenger Pigeon origami bird from our website or on the FoldtheFlock.org website.
Or stop in the shop and ask us for an 11"x16" Passenger Pigeon origami sheet for you to fold (25 cent each suggested donation to go to the American Bird Conservancy).
Large sheets can also be purchased on the FoldtheFlock.org website.
2) If you wish, put your name on your bird.
3) Fold your Passenger Pigeon by following the instructions provided.
4) Bring your folded bird into Wild Birds Unlimited - Saratoga Springs.
5) We will add your folded bird to our flock which we hope will fill the skies inside our shop! "Like a river of birds" is how flocks used to be described!
6) In return, for every folded Passenger Pigeon received by September 30, will donate $1.00 to support the work of the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) up to $500.
We welcome mailed in folded birds!
Send them to us at Wild Birds Unlimited, 3084 Route 50, Suite 1, Saratoga Springs NY 12866.
Your mailed-in bird will count!!
The American Bird Conservancy's mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats by ensuring that native birds and their habitats are protected, that their protection is valued by society, and they are routinely considered in all land-use and policy decision-making. Read more about the work of the American Bird Conservancy at http://www.abcbirds.org
Share the Passenger Pigeon story with your students to illustrate the role we all play in environmental conservation and wildlife protection.
Artist Todd McGrain created the Fold the Flock project to symbolically recreate a virtual flock of Passenger Pigeons by folding thousands of paper Passenger Pigeons. "By recreating the once-vast flocks, we will be reminded of what we have lost and our responsibility to protect what we still have." Find out more on the Fold the Flock website.
Passenger Pigeons used to fill the skies in our area. The last Passenger Pigeon in New York State was probably killed in 1898. Their legacy lives on though; there are 13 towns in the state presumably named for the Passenger Pigeon. Read more about Passenger Pigeons in New York State at http://passengerpigeon.org/states/NewYork.html