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Touch birds, bugs and more at annual museum event

Learn about birds and other animals at the Museum of Arts and Sciences’ “Feathers and Feelers” event Saturday.
Learn about birds and other animals at the Museum of Arts and Sciences’ “Feathers and Feelers” event Saturday. Special to The Telegraph

It’s time to get hands-on with nature at the Museum of Arts and Sciences’ second annual “Feathers and Feelers” event Saturday.

“This event is fun for children and adults,” said Sherry Singleton, communications director at the museum. “We feel that the best way to learn is through experience. We know how feathers look in science text books, but how do they feel? What do different types of feathers do for a bird? Why do some bugs have armor on their backs and why do some only have squishy skin? What exactly does an exoskeleton look like? So many of these questions can simply be answered by touch, smell and hands-on exploration.”

This year’s lineup of major organizations and professionals attending the event offers guests a fun environment where they can learn about birds and insects in a family-oriented atmosphere.

“We definitely worked to create an event that would allow people of all ages to really engage with the subject material and learn about the world around them,” Singleton said.

Participants include Georgia Falconry Association, Big Bird Aviary, Georgia Southern’s National Tick Collection, entomologist Jeff Burne and master beekeeper Steve Nofs, the University of Georgia’s entomology department, Lauren Turner and David Shoemaker, Perry Animal Hospital, and the Georgia Audubon Society.

Live shows include “Getting Buggy With It” by Burne and Nofs at 11 a.m.; Earth Quest “Birds of Prey” show at 1 p.m.; and the Parrot Productions show at 3 p.m.

“There will be an additional Birds of Prey Show outside at 10:30 a.m.,” Singleton added, “which is exciting because they’ve never done that before. Seeing a hawk fly over your head is just amazing.”

In addition to the live shows, there are plenty of other activities including crafts, games, a raffle and exotic treats.

“Be sure to stop by the Fear Factor Feast table for some Madagascar cockroach cake, and buggy cookies and cupcakes made with love from Cakes By Ashley,” Singleton said. “That is something that should be a really fun part of the visit.”

“Feathers and Feelers” included with the standard museum admission, which means that guests can visit all of the museum’s exhibits as well.

“Feathers and Feelers”

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24

Where: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road

Cost: Free with museum admission of $10 adults; $7 students; $5 children 3-17; $8 seniors and military

Information: 478-301-5300