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‘Birds of Paradise’ flock to Academy of Natural Sciences

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Travel to New Guinea this spring and follow a real-life adventure to discover exotic birds-of-paradise, an elegant example of extreme evolution, in the  interactive exhibit “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution,” at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Found only in New Guinea and parts of Australia, birds-of-paradise are known for their ornate feathers and tail plumes and elaborate mating rituals that include wild calls and crazy courtship dances. Co-developed by the National Geographic Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Birds of Paradise reveals all 39 known species of these elusive birds and showcases the adventures of the two explorers who conducted groundbreaking research on them, according to a press release.

Birds of Paradise is on view May 3 through Sept. 1 and is free with regular museum admission.

HOURS: are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

ADMISSION: $15 adults; $13 children 3-12, seniors, college students, and military personnel; free for members and children under 3.

INFO.: Call (215) 299-1000 or check  www.ansp.org.

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