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Time: September 22, 2013 from 1pm to 5pm
Location: Dennos Museum Center
Street: 1410 College Dr.
City/Town: Traverse City
Website or Map: http://www.dennosmuseum.org
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Dennos Museum Center
Latest Activity: Sep 22
Take a journey to New Guinea and the exotic world of birds-of-paradise with "Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution," a National Geographic Traveling Exhibition that reveals all 39 species of these elusive birds for the first time.
Highlighting the groundbreaking research of photographer Tim Laman and Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes, the exhibition, born out of the duo’s important scientific achievement, features the extravagant plumage, crazy courtship dances and bizarre behaviors of the extraordinary birds.
Visitors can examine the bizarre courtship dances that the males perform to attract the females. Interactive games such as "Dance, Dance Evolution" let people dance along with the birds to learn their signature moves. The first-ever video of the female’s point-of-view of the dances is shown, captured through an innovative use of equipment created by Laman and Scholes. Photos, videos, bird specimens and a kinetic sculpture of a riflebird (a bird-of paradise species) also show the transformations that birds-of-paradise undergo to attract their mates and the various moves that make up their mating rituals. Visitors can also manipulate artificial tree branches to trigger video footage of different birds displayed on their perches, with commentary from Scholes.
The exhibition runs June 16-September 22, 2013.
Admission to the Dennos Museum Center during the run of this special exhibition is $10 for adults and $5 for children and museum members.