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  • Writer's pictureCrystal Faircloth

November For the Birds at the Museum

Updated: Nov 4, 2022

This month the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) will go to the birds during their November activities. Be sure to stop by the NCMNS on Saturday during the Pecan Festival to check out all the fun they have in store.

Downtown Bird Walk

Join Curator of Ornithology, John Gerwin, and his research team for an informative bird walk around downtown Whiteville on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 a.m. Practice birding skills, including identifying bird calls, using binoculars and observing field marks.

This free program will be a moderate-paced walk of approximately one mile. Bring comfortable shoes, clothes suitable for the outdoors and bird guides and binoculars if you have them. A limited number of binoculars will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for this event at John Gerwin Urban Bird Walk.

Bird Specimen Prep

Come for the walk and stay for part two of the bird activity on Saturday. Museum researchers will hold an interactive presentation on bird specimen preparation. You will see the process of dissecting birds and preparing study skins for research collections.

Guests can also participate in the dissection process. The program will begin with an overview of ornithology research collection methods. Drop-in participants are welcome to see any part of the process during this time. Two sessions will be held on Nov. 5. One will take place at 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and another will begin at 1:00 p.m.

To sign-up, please visit Register to Dissect and Prepare Bird Specimens. This workshop is a part of the Pecan Harvest Festival. Attendees are welcome to drop in and observe any part of the program.

Dino Day

Meet author Mariana Rios Ramirez on Saturday, Nov.12, at 10:30 a.m. at NCMNS. Ramirez will read "Santiago's Dinosaurios" in both English and Spanish. Dinosaur-related activities and prizes will follow. This special event is brought to you in partnership with the Columbus Chapter of the NC Reading Association.

Nature Sounds

This month's Storytime is all about the sounds of nature. On Thursday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. Come and listen to a read-aloud story and enjoy some nature exploration afterwards. This program is most suitable for children ages 3–6 years old, but families with nature lovers of all ages are welcome. No registration is required for this event.

Sand Play

The fourth Tuesday of the month is dedicated to a morning of exploration and play in the Nature PlaySpace. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 10:30 a.m., Early Childhood Education staff will lead outdoor nature play activities geared towards children ages 3–5 years old. No registration required for Sand Play.

Waccamaw Siouan Heritage Celebration

The NCMNS is partnering with the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe to host a special celebration of their culture and traditional knowledge on Saturday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. The event will include workshops, crafts, and dancing demonstrations. The Waccamaw Siouan Indians are the traditional custodians of the land on which the museum resides and have a long-standing partnership with NCMNS. This event will be happening during #Shop Downtown Whiteville.

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