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January Press Release
Museum closed January 1.
The Secret Life of Birds: On Display Through January 31
Fourth Floor Temporary Gallery
Birds are everywhere you look—and many places you don’t. Creeping through the cracks of culture, lurking in the layers of language, hiding in the hollows of history, birds are everywhere. They have us surrounded. What are they up to? What are they concealing? What unspoken mysteries permeate . . . the secret life of birds? Enjoy this unique and creative exhibit through January 31.
Fun Friday Night
Friday, January 3 • 5-9 pm
Experience the Museum at night — we’ll be open until 9 pm! Free story time in our Planetarium at 6 & 7 pm: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. No registration required, but space is limited to 36 (children must be accompanied by an adult). Free dinosaur tour at 7 & 8 pm; limited to 15 people. Planetarium shows ($3) at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 pm (30 minutes long).
Science Café: Aging, Memory Loss, and Dementia:
Causes, Challenges, and Current Research
Wednesday, January 29 • 5:30-7:30 pm
Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor
What do scientists know about the causes of memory loss and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease? What are some of the challenges patients and their families face? Are there health care or science policies that can impact research and patient outcomes? Join Dr. Henry Paulson, Director of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Lucile Groff Professor of Neurology for the University of Michigan Health System as we discuss the prospects for future research and treatment in these areas. Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current science topics with experts in an informal setting. All Science Cafés take place at Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 pm; program 6-7:30 pm.
Hands-On Demos: Owls: Birds of Prey
Saturdays at 11 am and 3 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. No demonstrations on January 4 or 5.
Explore the unseen lives of owls in this hands-on demonstration. Together we will use museum specimens to find out about owl adaptations: big eyes, specialized ears, quiet wings, and sharp claws. What do these adaptations tell us about how owls eat? How are these modern raptors related to dinosaurs? Find out what an owl pellet is (Hint: it’s not poop!) and dissect a real owl pellet to learn about the owl’s diet. Come and discover the role of these birds of prey in the food chain!
Free Dinosaur Tours!
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm
Attention dinosaur fans! Join us at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays for a free, 30-minute docent-led tour of the dinosaur exhibits. Sign up on the day of the tour. Limit: 15 people. Sponsored by UM Credit Union.
The Sky Tonight: Star Talk
Monday & Tuesday, January 2-3 at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm;
Saturdays at 11:30 am, 1:30 & 3:30 pm; Sundays at 1:30 & 3:30 pm
Bright stars, constellations, planets, and telescopic objects in the current night sky will be discussed in this live “star talk.” Then leave Earth and “fly” out into space to examine the planets in the current sky.
Season of Light
Monday & Tuesday, January 2-3 at 12:30 pm
An elegant and sophisticated program about the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. The show traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season.
Saturdays at 12:30 pm
With recorded narration by astronaut Tom Jones, Impact Earth teaches about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth. See the dramatic effects of the Chixulub and Tungusta events, and the Pallasite impact that resulted in the Brenham meteorite fall. How might we deflect an asteroid or comet on a collision course with Earth?
The Cowboy Astronomer
Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30 pm
The basic premise of The Cowboy Astronomer is simple: we’re in the Western outdoors, listening to star legends and cowboy tales around the campfire. Our cowboy astronomer gives us his perspective of the night sky, and the things he’s found out over a lifetime of stargazing.
All ages admitted. Planetarium prices are $5 for adults, seniors, & children.
About the Museum
The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday 12-5 pm. The Museum is located at 1109 Geddes Avenue in Ann Arbor; the main entrance is one block west of Washtenaw Avenue. Admission to the Museum is free for individuals and families; groups of 10 or more must call to make a reservation. For more information, call (734) 764-0478. Visit our website—www. lsa.umich.edu/ummnh