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Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution

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Birds of Paradise

Logo by Alan Parente

Photo: Male Victoria's riflebird

Male Victoria’s riflebird

Photograph by Tim Laman

In 2004, National Geographic photographer Tim Laman and Cornell University Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes began a series of 15 targeted expeditions to document these bizarre birds.

Eight years and 37 distinct geographic locations later, they are on the verge of completing the first comprehensive study of all 39 known species of birds-of-paradise. Coverage includes photographic documentation of all varieties and several never before documented behaviors and interactions.

The fascinating stories of groundbreaking research and adventure paired with amazing footage and photography are the foundation of this highly interactive exhibition. “Birds of Paradise” is a story of daring expeditions, world culture, extreme evolution, and conservation, as only National Geographic can present, with stunning imagery, compelling video, soundscapes, artifacts, and engaging educational activities for all ages.

Designed to appeal to a wide demographic of visitors, “Birds of Paradise” is a science exhibition, art show, and natural history display presented as one.

Content: Interactive exhibit, book, digital film, lecture opportunities

Size: 6,500 – 7,000 square feet

Classroom Guide
In Exhibit Guide
Installation Images

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For more information contact Abby Bysshe, +1 202 828 8041 or abysshe@ngs.org

Touring Schedule:

Dennos Museum
Traverse City, MI
June 15—September 22, 2013

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
October 13, 2013—March 23, 2014

Academy of Natural Sciences
Philadelphia, PA
May 3—September 1, 2014

Museum of Discovery and Science
Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 27—September 5, 2017

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