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Museum to hold “bird event” for Earth Day 40th anniversary

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum will help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with an evening about birds.

Although the official Earth Day is April 22, for this year’s activity, participants are invited to meet at the museum Friday evening, April 23, at 7 p.m. for a presentation by local bird enthusiast Gregg Friesen, titled “Frequent Fliers: The Demanding Lifestyle of Migratory Birds.”

The interactive program for all ages will focus on the extreme physical and environmental demands faced by birds that migrate. “Gregg will give his program in the museum exhibit area rather than in the auditorium,” said Kauffman Museum curator of education Andi Schmidt Andres. “That will be a great way to see some of the specimens up close.”

After Friesen’s program, participants young and old will have the opportunity to make a bird craft, eat a bird snack, look at children’s books highlighting birds and play a game that focuses on bird beak adaptations.

Although the activities after the program will be geared toward kids, they will be fun for anyone, said Andres. “We hope all ages, from kids to grandparents, will come celebrate Earth Day at the museum.”

Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin founded Earth Day as an environmental teach-in first held April 22, 1970, in which more than 20 million people in thousands of schools and communities participated. Eight months later, the U.S. Congress authorized the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Kauffman Museum’s Earth Day program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andi Schmidt Andres at 316-283-1612.

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the museum, which also includes admission to the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture,” is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16, and free to Kauffman Museum members and children under 6. For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit its Web site, www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/.

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