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May 1, 2014

The Academy Of Natural Sciences Of Drexel University Debuts Its Brand-New Exhibit Birds Of Paradise Starting Saturday, May 3

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University displays Birds of Paradise this spring, including the Red Bird of Paradise. (Photo by Tim Laman)

Brilliant colors! Impressive plumage! And they fly!

Starting Saturday, May 3, the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University will take museumgoers on a journey to faraway rain forests with its newest exhibit, Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution.

One of nature’s most beautiful feats, birds-of-paradise are brightly colored creatures that are only found in New Guinea and parts of Australia.

These exotic flyers are the result of millions of years of evolution in an idyllic environment with ample food and no natural predators.

The National Geographic traveling exhibition is part history, part photography, part science – and all interesting.

Birds of Paradise visually showcases all 39 known species through photographs and interactive installations, opening with “Dance, Dance, Evolution” an installation that enables visitors to dance alongside virtual birds and learn their courtship moves.

From there, stunning imagery, compelling video, soundscapes, artifacts and interactive activities, invite people into the wondrous world of these avian animals.

Birds of Paradise is open through Monday, September 1 and is free with regular museum admission.

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution
When: Saturday, May 3 through Monday, September 1
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission ($15 for adults; $13 for children 3-12, seniors, college students and military personnel; free for members and children under 3)
More info: www.ansp.org

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