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Birds of Paradise: Extreme, Bizarre, Extraordinary

National Geographic Photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes lecture with multimedia, taking us deep into New Guinea to observe these astonishing avian creatures with breathtaking visuals.

When: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, 3 p.m.

Where: UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd., Santa Barbara

Cost: $15 - $25

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Lectures

Description:

UCSB Arts & Lectures is bringing back the popular speaker series National Geographic Live for a second year! First up in the series is a multimedia presentation titled Birds of Paradise: Extreme, Bizarre, Extraordinary featuring photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes on Sun., Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. Books will be available for purchase at the event, and a book signing will follow the talk.

Tim Laman, a renowned photographer and forest canopy researcher, and ornithologist Ed Scholes, recently published a major National Geographic book, Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds (October 2012), taking us deep into New Guinea to observe these astonishing avian creatures with breathtaking visuals. Evolved to attract mates with their extraordinarily colorful feathers, which they display in dances executed with ballerina-like grace, these birds are a living laboratory of evolution.

Tim Laman has earned a reputation for capturing images of nearly impossible subjects – from animals that glide through rainforest canopies to some of the most rare and endangered birds in the world. His pioneering research in Borneo led to a Ph.D. from Harvard, and his photography has been featured in 18 National Geographic stories. Working with Cornell University ornithologist Ed Scholes, who has been conducting field research on the birds of paradise for more than 10 years, Laman’s latest work focuses on these unique and majestic species, found deep in the New Guinea wilderness.

In this stunning presentation tied to their book Birds of Paradise, these intrepid scientists share remarkable photographs and video to reveal all 39 species, including their colorful plumage, secret lives, bizarre displays and dazzling courtship antics. Join Laman and Scholes as they recount their wild and hairy adventures in the New Guinea rainforest in search of some of nature’s most extraordinary wonders. And explore the fascinating scientific questions around how such extreme creatures and behaviors could have evolved.

Phone: 805-893-3535

Event posted Sept. 20, 2013
Last updated Sept. 20, 2013

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