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Dozens of colorful bird specimens on display at local museum

Taxidermy exhibit features pieces from Texas A&M's own collections
Posted at 3:11 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 16:11:48-05

BRYAN, Texas — A local museum is hosting a special avian exhibit curated with the help of Texas A&M’s own taxidermy collections.

Despite the vaccination activity circulating in its parking lot shared with the Brazos Center, the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is still welcoming visitors, hoping the public will stop by and take a look at the newest seasonal exhibit,“Birds: Masters of Adaptation.”

"We partnered with the Poultry Science department at Texas A&M, and also the Biodiversity Research & Teaching Collection at Texas A&M," said Deborah Cowman, executive director of the museum. "Some of the beautiful taxidermy birds that you see in the exhibit are from those two entities.”

The exhibit has been lovingly dedicated to the memory of a late Texas A&M wildlife researcher, Dr. Douglas Slack, who worked with and photographed birds.

The exhibit features dozens of unique and colorful specimens, both local to the area and exotic.

"There’s so much educational information in the exhibit," Cowman said. "For example, we have a case that shows all the different kinds of feathers, a case that shows all the different kinds of eggs, and a case on nests. So really, people get a wonderful and complete picture of what a bird is.”

The exhibit will remain on display at least through early May, though Cowman said the museum is considering an extension.

Admission to the museum is just five dollars for adults, and four dollars for children, students and senior citizens.

To learn more and plan a trip, visit brazosvalleymuseum.org.