September 13–14: Fall Migration at the Museum

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The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler, which means fall migration is officially underway. Spend your weekend at the Museum learning about flying animals of all shapes and sizes. 

Start with a birding tour at the Museum with naturalist Stephen C. Quinn, an artist who worked in the Exhibitions Department for 39 years and led Museum bird walks in Central Park for many years. 

Watch the rest of the series to learn about diorama artists, conservation, and the first curator of birds at the Museum, Frank Chapman. 

Explore the habitat dioramas in the Hall of North American Birds, where you can see the Peregrine Falcon diorama. These birds of prey nest on every continent except Antarctica, but this scene is local: the diorama is set across the river in New Jersey. And New York City has the world’s largest urban population of nesting peregrines. 

Peregrine Falcon

If you thought birds (and bats) were the only animals that fly, make sure to visit the Museum’s special exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs to learn about the flying reptiles the ruled the skies 66–220 million years ago. 

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