Migratory Bird Day
May 9, 2020
Welcome to the Event Page for all.
*Photos of origami bird models.
*Click on photos for links!
*Instructions for folded birds for beginners,
moderate, and advanced folding
*YouTube video links for bird folding.
*Written Instructions with photos here as well
*Books to explore, & order,
*information and stories on
our migrating birds
* Tips for folding - Scroll down and see
TIPS in green font! TIP # 1: Start by
watching a video here * before folding.
Start with your square piece of paper, 6"
by 6" or larger!
Click on the rainbow bird photo to access the great YouTube video to see the kinds of offerings that will be here on the Migratory Bird Website
First Offereing of a Migratory Bird - found here in Klamath County as well - The Swan
Start with the "beginner" model swan. Explore the photos by clicking to see MORE MODELS, paper folding, towel folding, napkin folding.
Origami Designs makes this page for adults and children. Offerings include videos, printed instructions, for you and your family. Most pictures or photos are linked to something on the internet for interactive experiences and learning. Take you time, there is much to explore over the course of a week!
Excellent box of paper made for folding, many colors, white on one
side available on Amazon
3D unit origami So many beautiful models
You Tube watching & learning easy origami swan container!
Advanced beautiful folding of paper
Great model and lovely paper choice
3D unit origami So many beautiful models
3D paper folding pieces for models
intermediate swan paper model
Advanced swan paper model
Black swans beautiful in real life and paper
Click on blue crane for great bird models !
Swans inspire Dance and Music in Swan Lake music.
Click the Sheet Music to print from your computer. Now fold a swan model from your music paper!
Click on photos of real swans for information and fun facts about Swans
October and November are when whistling swans, after summering in subarctic and even arctic lands, migrate through the Great Lakes region and arrive at their wintering grounds on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
The whistling swan owes its name not to its vocal abilities, but instead to the "singing" of its beating wings. Its largest wintering ground appears to be in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay.
The swans you see in summer floating serenely at your local park are most likely mute swans—partly domesticated birds imported from Europe. The mute swan can easily be distinguished from the whistling swan (as well as America's only other variety, the trumpeter swan) by its neck, which is not held straight but rather in an exquisite curve.
Our third swan species, the trumpeter, is somewhat larger than the whistling swan but otherwise looks similar from afar.
Unfortunately, any straight-necked swan seen today in either the eastern or western U.S. is probably a whistling swan. I say unfortunately because the trumpeter was once common across all of America until it was hunted—sometimes the flightless young were even lassoed from boats—into near-extinction. Protection finally came by way of conservation laws passed in 1924, but by then the trumpeter's numbers had dwindled to an estimated 50 birds. Fortunately, 30 years later, the population was back up to 642 and even now the recovery continues. But you are still unlikely to see a trumpeter outside the northern Rockies
Swan migrating flight formation
Like other migratory birds, swans fly in diagonal formation or a “V” formation. One swan acts as a leader and leads the flock. His or her job is to push through the air, which in turn makes flying easier for the rest of the swans in the flock.
As one bird gets tired another bird takes its place, swans take turns leading the flock. Swans fly at great heights, for example, Tundra swans fly at 6,000 to 8,000 feet, at a speed of 50 to 60 mph.
Swan Lake is a romantic ballet in four acts. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the music. In 1871 he wrote a little ballet about swans for his nieces and nephews. He used some of the music from this ballet for Swan Lake. The story of the ballet is based on a German fairy tale. This tale was probably tweaked by Tchaikovsky and his friends during the ballet's early discussion stages.
Swan Lake is about a prince named Siegfried. He falls in love with the Swan princess, Odette. She is a swan by day, but a young woman at night. She is under a magic spell that can only be broken by a man who will make a promise to love her for all time. Siegfried makes the promise. He is tricked though by the magician who cast the spell. The ballet ends with the deaths of Siegfried and Odette.
The ballet was first performed on 4 March 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Critics looked upon it as a failure for many reasons. In 1895 some changes were made to the ballet. It was then performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. This time the critics thought Swan Lake a great success. Most performances today are based on this 1895 version.
This folder made a beautiful money swan!
This webpage is made by Origami Designs, the artist, has a studio locally in Klamath County. When the country can return to "normal activites" and safe movement for families, you can contact the studio for a visit by appointment for the family. Start simple with children 7 yrs and older. You want the folding experience to be fun, not difficult. Everyone can learn to fold, but start with very simple models, practice. Your second model will be better than the first. There are videos to show hands folding, music, the Swan Lake ballet to watch, and educational information about the swans we see right here on Klamath Lake! Copyright to OrigamiDesgns.com 2020
Tips for beginner folders: Use origami paper 6x6” square or larger on your first “models”.
Start slowly, no rush to fold, and take time to make your creases firm and clean.
Watch You Tube video first to see how the folder shows the hand movements!
The simple bird model will show how to match up the pointed paper corners
Simple bird will show steps to make the bird beak or head fold.
Fold your simple bird in one solid color. When you like your folds, use colorful pattern paper.
Watching a YouTube folding video all the way through once is good. And you can learn to, make a reverse inside fold, or the “bird base” that makes so many wonderful models.
The more neat your crease is, the better the paper will do what you want it to do!
You will see the folds all have names, to make these creases. Learning the first folds will lead to more folds and easier folding for these birds.
If you fold solid color papers you can color or paint them with lines and colors to make them special
* Origami Designs offers the book link, and the origami paper link here , only as information for families.. I am not selling these items,
They are recommendations from my years as an artist and experience with teaching paper folding.
I use recycled papers (square in shape) from magazines, wrapping paper, etc. but these papers present challenges & are not easy for the beginner. Paper from your printer cut into a square is workable, . . but stiff and the same color on both sides, Again more challenging for the beginner.
Libraries have books too, some better than others So these two offerings are tried and tested for those who want to pursue more origami. make your own paper squares, and check online for additional options if you wish.
Click bird for online printed instructions to see!
The next model for folding will be here, online and active by April 15th for you to explore!
We started with the Swan, and then went on to the penquin, the goose, and finally - Klamaths famous pelican on May 9th !! .