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Birds do the most amazing things! They have conquered the air; they swim in the water. There are over ten thousand different kinds of birds, each species specially adapted for its own particular “job.”

Let’s explore fascinating aspects of bird adaptations and behavior, and learn about some of the scientists and the study techniques that led to some intriguing discoveries.  For example, how do young birds in the nest recognize their parents? How do birds migrate over long distances? What kinds of social interactions do birds display, and why? How do birds communicate?

We invite you to come and learn more about birds at this informal, illustrated program led by The Compleat Naturalist co-owner, Dr. Hal Mahan. Dr. Mahan has been fascinated by birds practically his whole life, and went on to receive a Ph.D. degree in zoology, specializing in ornithology—the study of birds. He served as executive director of several major natural history museums, and also was the first president of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

We hope you will come away with a new appreciation for all the birds you see in your own back yard!

As usual, our doors will open at 6:30 pm for refreshments and socializing, and the program will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.  To sign up, please email us at info@compleatnaturalist.com, or give us a call at 828-274-5430. There is a $5 charge, which will be collected at the event, to help cover cost of refreshments and staffing. Thanks for supporting our small, locally-owned business!!

*This program is now full.  If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, email us at info@compleatnaturalist.com, or you may RSVP on our Compleat Naturalist Meetup Group page. Or give us a call at 828-274-5430.  Thank you!

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