BOISE, Idaho – A new collection of photos that explores the phenomenon of bird migration to the Arctic will be on display at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center of Birds of Prey, February 1 to July 31, 2011.
“Arctic Wings: Miracle of Migration” features 30 large-format color images that capture the global bird biodiversity abundantly represented in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an ecosystem that is crucial to the survival of more than 190 bird species.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. (On March 1, summer hours will take effect, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily) Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 youth age 4-16 (includes admission to interpretive center and Archives of Falconry) Information: 362-8687 Driving directions: From I-84, take the Cole Road exit and continue south on Cole Road for 6 miles to Flying Hawk Lane.
The display is being held in conjunction with an international conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 3, on the effects of climate change on Gyrfalcons and other wildlife sponsored by The Peregrine Fund, Boise State University, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists, policy analysts, land managers and other conservationists from around the world will attend the conference, “Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World.”
Each year, millions of birds travel great distances to feeding and breeding grounds in the Arctic. Birds from six continents and all 50 American states migrate to the refuge to take advantage of the 24-hour summer daylight and plentiful, rich food sources. Hundreds of thousands of birds nest on the coastal plain of Alaska during breeding season, mating and storing up fat for the long migration to southern wintering grounds.
The traveling exhibit was organized by the Burke Museum in Seattle and Braided River, the conservation imprint of The Mountaineers Books. The exhibit is based on the companion book of the same title.
For more information about “Arctic Wings”: http://arcticwings.org For more information about “Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World”: http://www.peregrinefund.org/gyr_conference/
|Director of Community Engagement|