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.
Birds of Paradise Special Events
November 20, 2013
James T. Costa, Executive Director of Highlands Biological Station, will discuss Wallace's inspirations, and how, in his early 20s, Wallace traveled to the tropics precisely to solve the mystery of the origin of species — and how he eventually succeeded in his quest.
December 7, 2013
Tour the Museum’s bird collection and Bird Lab, try out several bird- and feather-related activities with Museum educators and Research Ornithologist John Gerwin, and visit our the special exhibit with Coordinator of Special Exhibits Albert Ervin.
January 11, 2014
Craft your own plumed hats, capes and tail feathers with Anthony Hinton, Discovery Room Curator, and the Scrap Exchange of Durham. Then it’s time to get down and shake those tail feathers at Dance, Dance Evolution in the “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution” special exhibit.
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