Programs & Events

Bird Mechanics

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Workshop or Trip
Apr. 18, 2013 | Thursday, 6:30pm
Multiple Times: 
Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Minimum age 11 (minors must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Location: Nature Research Center - Natural World Investigate Lab - 2nd Floor
$10 per participant.

If you enjoy bird watching then you already know that birds are fascinating creatures.  However, they may even be more fascinating than you imagine.
For instance, did you know that owls have specially adapted feathers for silent flight?  Or that some birds are capable of sleep while flying?  We will explore the physics of long-beaked birds overcoming the difficulties of getting a drink of water, and how the tiny golden crowned kinglet survives subzero temperatures of Canadian winter nights.

Additionally we’ll take an in-depth look at bird anatomy, including bone structure, feather composition, and unique eye and beak adaptations.
There will be plenty of bird specimens on hand for you to examine, including eggs, study skins and taxidermy mounts.

Program Instructors: Bob Alderink, Coordinator of the Natural World Investigate Lab

Registration information: Registration required. Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form with payment. Registration deadline is one week prior to program date.

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.