Burpee Museum highlights extinct, endangered birds

Burpee Museum of Natural History is pleased to highlight extinct and endangered birds in a new exhibit, titled Birds of a Feather. This temporary exhibit will be featured at the Museum from Saturday, March 25 through Sunday, June 18.

Birds of a Feather will showcase 12 birds from Burpee’s collection that are extinct, endangered or making a comeback from the edge of extinction.

Get up close and personal with a passenger pigeon, check out North America’s only native parrot, see a pair of ivory-billed woodpeckers, long thought to be extinct.

“It was a 2004 sighting of an ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas that inspired Burpee to showcase some endangered and extinct birds from our collection,” shares Molly Holman, exhibits manager at Burpee Museum. “We wanted to share the stories of these birds and introduce visitors to the ways they can help protect wildlife.”

Featured birds will include the Carolina parakeet. The only parrot native to North America, flocks of these colorful birds used to inhabit the deciduous forests of the eastern United States.

See the Carolina Parakeet and more at the new exhibit, titled Birds of a Feather.

Established in 1941, Burpee Museum of Natural History, is on the banks of the Rock River in Rockford. Permanent exhibits in the 42,000-square foot Robert H. Solem Wing opened in 1998 include: JANE: Diary of a Dinosaur; a replica of a 300-million-year-old Coal Forest, Windows to Wilderness, a full-size cast of a mammoth and an adult T.rex. and Native American artifacts. Meeting rooms, laboratories, gift shop and Mahlburg Auditorium are also in the museum.

Museum hours are: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-17. (Admission is FREE for members and every Wednesday for the public.) The annual membership fee is $60 for families or grandparents and $50 for an individual. Free parking is available at the Burpee Museum at 737 N. Main St. or in Riverfront Museum Park parking lot directly next door at 711 N. Main St. For more info, phone 815-965-3433 or log on to www.burpee.org.

From the March 22-28, 2006, issue

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