Birds of many feathers will flock together to the Museum of Arts and Sciences for its annual Feathered Frenzy Bird Day, being held Saturday.
Visitors can learn about the birds housed at the museum as well as those that will be making a special appearance.
People who have been to the Mini Zoo shows will know our cockatoo Georgia, who is the diva of the museum, said Melanie Byas, the museums public relations director. We also have a large bird collection that is housed in the care section of the zoo in our staff-only area that visitors dont often get to see.
Georgia is a Moluccan cockatoo and will be appearing along with umbrella cockatoos Harley and Buddy at 3 p.m. Some of the other birds from the museums collection include a blue and gold macaw, an African Senegal, an African Fishers turaco and a racing pigeon.
Birds of Prey raptor shows will be presented at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. by Pete Griffin from the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.
Winged Ambassadors also will bring raptors, and Feathered Friends Forever Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary will bring parrots, Byas said. The Ocmulgee Audubon Society and other groups will be in the museum lobby providing educational materials.
Bird-related arts and crafts will be on sale by artisans, or guests can make their own as well as get temporary bird tattoos from museum staff.
Well also have some unique birdie dishes in our Birds Eye Cafe. Its all made by the zoo staff, who start cooking a day or two ahead for the event, Byas said.
Special shows will be offered in the museums recently renovated Mark Smith Planetarium, and Bird Day also ties in with the museums current Wild Songs exhibit, which features bird songs in its Forest Edge section.
Its a chance to see birds in action as they take over the museum, Byas said. Its a real opportunity for people who are interested in birds; it should be a good day.
Feathered Frenzy Bird Day, which has been moved up from the fall, is one of the Fun Family Days the museum hosts each year, and Byas also noted that attendees can go to the bottom of the Discovery House at any time and watch for birds visiting several birdhouses the museum keeps just outside the window.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road
Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (62 and older) and military; $7 students; $5 children (ages 3-17); free for children 2 and younger and museum members
Information: 477-3232, www.masmacon.org