Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution
October 13, 2013–March 23, 2014
Found only in New Guinea and parts of Australia, birds-of-paradise are a case study in the power of evolution. Their fantastic plumes and bizarre courtship displays are a result of millions of years of sexual selection at work in an environment with plentiful food and no natural predators.
In 2004, Cornell University scientist Edwin Scholes and National Geographic photographer Tim Laman set out to complete the first comprehensive study of all birds-of-paradise. After 8 years and 18 expeditions they have amassed photographic and video coverage of all 39 known species and documented several new behaviors.
Fascinating stories of groundbreaking research and adventure paired with amazing footage and photography are the foundation of this highly interactive exhibition. “Birds of Paradise” captures these unique species, with stunning imagery, compelling video, soundscapes, artifacts, and engaging educational activities for all ages.
Prices: Free for Members; $6 for Adults; $4 for Children (3-12); $5 for Students, Seniors (65+) and Military.
Any time: Buy one Birds of Paradise ticket and one 3D movie ticket and get a dollar off when purchased in person at the Museum Box Office.
Thursday nights, 5-7pm & First Fridays, 5-7pm: Birds of Paradise adult tickets are buy one, get one free when purchased in person at the Museum Box Office.
Gift Vouchers for Birds of Paradise tickets are available for $6 each in all three Museum Stores.
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Opens April 26, 2014
This spring, prepare your sense of adventure and head to the Museum for a tropical rainforest journey.
Swing like a spider monkey. Ride the butterfly zip-line. Discover a rodent that weighs more than 100 pounds and a beetle that can carry more than 850 times its own weight. Visitors to this new exhibition are invited to explore one of the least-known habitats on Earth in a fully interactive maze, chock full of the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest.
The journey begins in the highest treetops surrounded by migratory birds and radiant sunlight. In an effort to reach the forest floor, visitors must answer questions about the rainforest. Incorrect answers lead to dead ends, while correct answers lead them deeper into the four layers of the rainforest: emergent, canopy, understory and forest floor.
Created by Minotaur Mazes, Rainforest Adventure offers visitors an interactive experience that empowers them to make a difference after they learn how essential rainforests are to human health and survival, and that in caring for the rainforest they are caring for the planet.
Ticket prices: FREE for Members; $7 for Adults; $5 for Children 3-12; $6 for Students, Seniors and Military.
Now on display is our exhibition of the winning images from the ninth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition. The 31 photographs will be on display in the Museum through March. (Free)
Paul Malcolm, of Garner, won the grand prize for his image of live oak trees at Fort Fisher historic site near Wilmington.
The contest is a collaboration between the Museum and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. All winners were published in the January/February 2014 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with Malcolm’s grand prize image appearing on the cover.
This year, judges reviewed 1,235 entries in 10 categories. First-place winners by category:
- Birds: Charles English, Wilmington, belted kingfisher
- Mammals: Tyler Bailey, Raleigh, squirrel
- Reptiles and Amphibians: Joe Congleton, Clayton, anole
- Invertebrates: Stephen Atkins, Weaverville, moth
- Wild Plants: Jim Ruff, Blowing Rock, rhododendron on Blue Ridge Parkway
- Youth Photographer, 13-17: Lucas Bobay, Holly Springs, jumping spider
- Grand Prize: Paul Malcolm, Garner, Fort Fisher, live oak trees
- Outdoor Recreation: Ed Ziegler, Raleigh, surf fishing at dawn
- Animal Behavior: Kim Hawks, Chapel Hill, Bald Head Island turtle tracks
- Youth Photographer, 12 and younger: Darci Burger, Macon, little frog
Right: Jim Ruff, Blowing Rock: Rhododendron, Blue Ridge Parkway
Exhibition sponsored by JW Photo Labs of Raleigh.