Saturday, March 7, 2015 -
9:30am to 12:00pm
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Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Biodiversity in the Avian World

A Harvard Museum of Natural History adult class

Who would guess that parrots are closely related to songbirds, or that falcons are only distantly related to their look-alikes, hawks and eagles? How is it that hummingbirds have the rare ability (in the avian world) to detect sweet tastes? Explore the newly renovated Birds of the World gallery with Harvard doctoral students Allison Shultz and Maude Baldwin and consider the suite of adaptations that allows birds to live across the globe, even in the most extreme environments. Hear about the role of genomics in deciphering the bird family tree, the surprising relationships this has revealed, and the special abilities birds have evolved that help them exploit their environment.

Instructors: Allison Shultz and Maude Baldwin

Fee: $35 members/$40 nonmembers.

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Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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