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Discover Charles Darwin’s contributions to science, research and education at Darwin Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — February 6, 2014
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Special guest, Ed Scholes, half of the dynamic duo whose work is featured in “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution”

RALEIGH — Spend the day learning about naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin at Darwin Day on Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free event spans five floors — the first three floors of the main Museum, and the first two floors of the Nature Research Center (NRC) wing.

Visitors will learn more about Darwin and his research, as well as the legacy that he has left behind. Meet scientists who are continuing his work, and learn how Darwin's theories are still being applied in cutting-edge research. In addition to hands-on science-education stations, there will be crafts and games for all ages. Science historian Paul Brinkman, currently working on his mutton-chops, will also be roaming the Museum dressed as a young Darwin, sharing his knowledge of the famed naturalist!

Special guest and keynote speaker for this year’s Darwin Day will be evolutionary biologist Ed Scholes. Scholes and photographer Tim Laman’s field research is featured in the Museum’s current traveling exhibit, “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution,” running now through March 23. At 1 p.m., Scholes will give a talk entitled, “Birds of Paradise: Extreme, Bizarre, Extraordinary,” with a book signing immediately after.

Sammy the Serval, from the Conservators’ Center of Mebane, will be in the first floor atrium of the NRC. Experts from the Conservators’ Center will be on hand to discuss advantages the cat has gained through evolutionary adaptations. Additionally, several presentations about evolution, natural selection and research that has stemmed from Darwin’s original theories will begin at 10 a.m. and go all day. All Darwin Day talks will be held in the Daily Planet Theater (NRC). For more information about Darwin Day, contact Kari Wouk at 919.707.9879 or via email at kari.wouk@naturalsciences.org.

Darwin Day Schedule


Publish Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2014