Museum presents ‘Bird Brains’

SYCAMORE – The sun is shining, the trees are budding and the birds are singing, but do you know which bird is singing? Why does that one keep flying into your window? And will that one who nested in your tree come back this year? And why can some birds walk right up the side of a tree while others have to nest on the ground? Discover all this and more at Bird Brains at the Midwest Museum of Natural History from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

Northern Illinois is packed with a diverse range of birds, from tiny hummingbirds to massive eagles, each with their own amazing adaptations. Discover the unique characteristics that make an owl fly silently, allow a wood duck duckling to fall more than 100 feet without injury, and let a woodpecker tap on trees for hours without getting a headache. Class participants will build their own wooden bluebird house while learning about bird behavior and nesting and will make a birdcall while learning how to identify local birds by sight and song.

Bird Brains is for ages 8 to adult. The class is $2, plus museum admission ($5 for children and seniors, $6 for adults). Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; call 815-895-9777 to reserve your spot. To learn more about The Midwest Museum of Natural History and other upcoming events, visit

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