Thursday, April 2, 2015

Museum of Nature - Birds and Watery Creatures

 Some  highlights from the bird exhibit.  Above is the iconic loon with its bold black and white patterning.

 Birds in flight illustrating different wing positions that different species use.

  On the left is the peregrine falcon that has successfully come back from the brink of extinction.  On the right is a prairie chicken puffing out its throat in its bizarre mating pose.                                                                                       
 A nice little   diarama showing how well the three little birds blend in to their natural environments. 

 A beautiful owl with the most wonderful lower feathers guaranteed to keep is feet warm.

The bird room encourages people to learn something about bird identification.  This display is a collection of common birds that the viewer is challenged to identify.  Elsewhere, you can try to identify birds by their songs.  

 This is my favourite display in the museum.  The photo does not do it justice as the green anemones in the background are really lime green.  The pink one on the left has jazzy spots on the base. Every time you look in this aquarium you see something new:  a different starfish, a purple sea-urchin tucked behind a rock, a fish swimming into view, and, tantalizingly, there are things that you can't quite see properly but look like they would also be fascinating to watch.

 The pink corner of the aquarium - even the rock in the foreground matches.  Whose the interior decorator of the group?

 A striped fish slides into view before hiding behind a rock.

 I thought this was fun .  A box crab that fits together like a puzzle.

 A model of a sea turtle.
Also on display is the skeleton of a blue whale which is, of course, huge.
Some other fish and small turtles are in aquariums, too.
Next time,  the rocks.

1 comment:

  1. The Museum of Nature is a fabulous place! I have been going since I was very little and still love it! The rocks and minerals are my favourite part of the place, next to the mammals and birds.