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Ornithology Behind-the-Scenes Tours

participants look at bird specimens during a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Ornithology Collection

June 14, 2012

During our Bicentennial, we invite you to join us behind the scenes for a unique look at the Academy’s collections! In June our behind-the-scenes tours focus on the Ornithology Collection, and you have until June 30 to get an insider’s look at our very special bird collection. We have hundreds of thousands of bird specimens in our collection, spanning every continent in the world and ranging as far back as the 1700s. We have specimens collected by Academy luminaries ranging from John James Audubon and John Cassin to James Bond and from climates tropical to desert to tundra. By joining us for a tour, you will learn why some of these specimens are as fascinating and historied as they are educational. The possibilities for what you might see on your tour limitless!

The Academy’s collection is an active collection. Every year Academy scientists go out into the field to collect more specimens for scientific study, and on your tour, you will learn how this research is done and why it is so important to the Academy and other natural science institutions around the world. You will even get a chance to peek into the laboratory where the process of preserving the birds begins; and, if you’re lucky, you may even get to see some specimens being skinned! There is a lot to see, learn, and enjoy on our ornithology behind-the-scenes tour, and you have until June 30 to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind opportunity.

This behind-the-scenes tour is one of many tours taking place this year as part of our bicentennial programming. June Ornithology Collection Tours will be offered Thursdays through Mondays at 11 am and 2 pm Tours are designed for visitors ages 8 and up ($7.50 for nonmembers/$5 for members). Purchase tickets at the front desk on tour day or by calling 215-299-1167. We look forward to seeing you here!