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BIRD EXTINCTIONS IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

Thursday, September 18, 6:00 pm
Ornithologist Helen James will take us to an archipelago that has been an epicenter for bird extinctions: the Hawaiian Islands. In this lecture, she will discuss her strategies for finding the remains of these extinct species, reconstruct the history of their demise, and highlight lessons that can be drawn from their story. James is Curator-in-Charge, Division of Birds, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

 
BIRDS OF THE WORLD

A new permanent exhibition opening on September 20
Boasting over 10,000 species, birds are the most diverse land vertebrates on the planet. In celebration of these beaked and feathered marvels, the museum will open the new Birds of the World gallery. On the balcony encircling the Great Mammal Hall, this bright, newly remodeled gallery features many hundreds of stunning specimens, representing over 200 different bird families. New exhibit displays reveal the very latest in scientific discoveries about the evolution of these modern dinosaur descendants.

 
SEA CREATURES IN GLASS

Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the Glass Flowers, father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass into lifelike models of marine and terrestrial animals. The museum has just opened a permanent display of 60 models from the Museum of Comparative Zoology’s collection of 430 Blaschka invertebrate models. Along with Harvard’s Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants, these restored glass animals comprise the largest Blaschka collection on display in the world.