‘Save the Birds’ exhibit closing
New London mounted birds to be restored
The New London Public Museum will close its “Save the Birds: Celebrating 10 Years” exhibit on Monday, Oct. 31.
The museum will say goodbye to 13 birds that will be going out for restoration.
The sponsors and birds in this flock include the last of the passenger pigeons sponsored by Casey Zempel,
• an adult red-tail hawk sponsored by Alan Petit and the American black duck sponsored in memory of Alan Petit,
• the chipping sparrow sponsored by Lachlyn and Landon Wohlrabe,
• the Eastern towhee pair sponsored by Jane Martinson; the yellow-bellied sapsucker and screech owl pair sponsored by Kathleen Ziemer
• the greater prairie chicken pair sponsored by Mickey and Wally Schmidt,
• the red-tail juvenile hawk and sharp-shinned hawk sponsored by Cindy Platz.
New London Public Museum started its Save the Birds restoration program in 2012. With almost 200 birds in the collection, many of which are close to or over 100 years old, the museum recognized that the birds desperately needed conservation.
Appealing to the community, the museum hoped to have at least five birds sponsored every year.
“We’ve flown past that goal with 74 birds sponsored to date,” according to Museum Director Christine Cross.
Bird sponsorships range from $75 to $200. Cross said there are still plenty of birds left that need help.
The New London Public Museum features exhibits about local history, Native American culture and natural history. The Curiosity Corner offers hands-on learning experiences and the research library is available by appointment. Located at 406 S. Pearl St., the New London Public Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (year-round) and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Labor Day to Memorial Day). Admission is free. Group tours are available by appointment.
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