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Harvard Museum of Natural History

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History 26 Oxford St Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

For a bewildering, mind-blowing, beyond-all-imagination experience of the variety of bird life on this planet, you don't need to go to the jungles of Papua New Guinea or the Amazon basin: the Harvard Museum of Natural History has one of the world's largest and best collections of bird specimens, both from our New England and from around the globe. What did the extinct Dodo look like? What sort of nest does an African weaver build? And have you ever seen a wall completely covered in hummingbirds?

As we tour the collection, we'll talk about avian adaptation, evolution, and taxonomy. We'll meet with a graduate student in ornithology at Harvard, who can describe his work to us as well as his love of birds. And we'll take time to sketch specimens from the collection, right there in the museum. All in all, it won't be a trip to miss!

We'll meet at the museum at 10:00 a.m. Price of admission depends in part on the size of our group, but young Harriers will pay approximately $5, and adults, $10. Carpooling options down to Cambridge are available. If you're interested in the trip, let us know in advance at Plan to bring a bag lunch, and your walking shoes! The Museum offers hours of excitementand its birds are only the beginning!

Earlier Event: November 22
Astronomy Night, with Telescope!
Later Event: January 10
Conduct an Eagle Survey!