Back in the spring JoAnne Himmelman, the L&A County Museum & Archives Curator, asked if I was available to help her and museum staff set up the new "Feathered Friends" exhibit that was due to arrive in Napanee in June. I'd never installed a museum exhibit before and it sounded like a lot of fun so I obliged without hesitation.

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It wasn't until the exhibit arrived - in a full-sized tractor trailer - that I realized how much 'grunt' work I was in for. Seeing as it was too late to think up a believable excuse, I helped Craig from the moving company unload 19 large crates from the truck to the display room in the museum. 


Once the crates were sorted, JoAnne and the rest of the museum staff quickly got to work unloading the contents and assembling the display units. It wasn't long before the exhibit began to take shape.

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The exhibit, on loan from the Canadian Museum of Nature, will be on display from June 29th until September 6th. It details the basics of bird watching, and visitors will learn how to identify birds and how to attract them into their own backyards. In total, the display includes 23 mounted specimens in four interactive modules that include bird identification, habitats, and birdsong audio playbacks. 

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The Feathered Friends exhibit perfectly compliment's award-winning nature photographer Bill Bickle's bird photos that are hanging on the limestone walls within the display space. 

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In keeping with the museum's bird theme, a series of free, informal bird-related talks will also be taking place this summer. The first event is on Saturday, July 6th at 10:30am when the Queen’s University Biology Station is on hand to discuss the current research on the decreasing bird population, specifically on their Tree Swallow project. They will also be doing a demonstration about mist netting and bird banding. 

Other bird-related events include a photography walk and talk with Bill Bickle on July 20th at 10:30am, and on August 3rd at 10:30am, Anthony Kaduck will be at the Museum for a talk about Owls.

Admission to the museum is only $3. It's definitely worth the visit, especially now that all the heavy lifting has been done.

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