Programs & Events

Dr. Bruce Beehler: In Search of Birds of Paradise in Papua New Guinea

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Science Talks
Feb. 1, 2014 | Saturday, 2:00pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences - WRAL 3D Theater, first floor
$5 lecture, $10 lecture + exhibit

Raggiana bird-of-paradise by Bruce BeehlerAn internationally-known ornithologist and leader of natural history expeditions, Dr. Bruce M. Beehler has studied birds-of-paradise for nearly 40 years. He has expanded knowledge of courtship behavior, foraging tactics and social systems. In 2005, he and his team were the first scientists to observe a male Bronze Parotia in the wild during an expedition deep in the Foja Mountains. 

Beehler will present highlights of more than 50 field trips to the great island of New Guinea, studying New Guinea's wonderful birds-of-paradise and other bizarre wildlife. In addition, the amazing cultural diversity of New Guinea's indigenous people will be featured.

He will sign copies of his book, "Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest" immediately following the lecture.

Tickets are $5 for the lecture. Or, you may purchase a combo ticket for $10 which includes the lecture and a voucher to visit the Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution special exhibit at a time of your choosing. The special exhibit ends March 23, 2014.

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Lost Worlds book coverAbout the speaker

Dr. Bruce M. Beehler is an ornithologist, ecologist and naturalist based in the Division of Birds in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. 

Beehler has spent much of his scientific career studying and working to conserve the birds and rainforests of the Asia-Pacific Region. Much of his fieldwork has centered on the island of New Guinea as well as the remaining wild forest lands of India. 

After conducting pre-doctoral and doctoral fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Beehler worked for ten years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, followed by stints at the Wildlife Conservation Society, U.S. Department of State, Counterpart International, and Conservation International.