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Wild Center to Unveil Wings

TUPPER LAKE The Wild Center\Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks will officially unveil its new Wings over the Adirondacks bird-themed experience on Wednesday, July 4 in Tupper Lake during the Wild Centers second annual WildFest.

To help shape the Wings over the Adirondacks experience, Wild Center staff traveled the country meeting with some of the nations top ornithologists, including experts from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, said Leah Filo, Wild Center staff biologist.

The Adirondack region is unique because of the vast tracts of land where birds can exist without habitat interruption. Its possible to see more than 70 species on the museum campus alone, and these birds have amazing stories, such as how some influence the ecology of the Adirondack forest from as far away as South America, or how a bird native to Southeast Asia made its way to the Adirondacks. Through the new Wings over the Adirondacks experience, well offer visitors the opportunity to see how birds actually drive the systems around them, said Filo.

The Wings over the Adirondacks experience will include the following programs:

SeeingSound: This surround-sound multimedia feature will allow visitors to get a birds-ear view of the Adirondack forest and understand just how birds and other creatures see the places they live. The media experience will let people leave with a whole new way of looking at the world around them.

Birdland: An outdoor living exhibit will showcase more than 35 examples that will help visitors see how to enhance bird habitat. The exhibit will also feature ways birds interact with and are affected by their surroundings, and how they shape the forest. Hummingbirds, for example, incorporate the elastic fibers of a spiders web in their nests, and depend on spiders for food. More spiders can mean more hummingbirds, and more hummingbirds mean more pollination.

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