September 13, 2016

Birds of Paradise

Found only in the rainforests of New Guinea, the stunning birds-of-paradise are among nature’s most beautifully bizarre flying creatures. Making its only Texas stop at the Perot Museum, Birds of Paradise, developed by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology reveals all 39 species of these elusive birds for the first time. The exhibition will take visitors on an exotic journey throughout a virtual rainforest in New Guinea to witness the spectacular plumage, shape-shifting and dazzling dance moves of these sassy and bodacious birds. A science exhibition, art show and natural history display in one, Birds of Paradise follows the adventures of photographer Tim Laman and Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes – who made 18 trips to New Guinea over eight years. The exhibition, born out of the duo’s important scientific achievement, highlights their groundbreaking research with new information about each of the 39 birds-of-paradise species, all photographed for the first time in history. Interactive stations such as “Dance, Dance Evolution” will let visitors groove along with the birds to learn their signature moves. Presented by Highland Capital Management, Birds of Paradise is featured at the Perot Museum from Oct. 8, 2016- Jan. 8, 2017 (with member preview Oct. 7).