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Colorful and Extinct Carolina Parakeet Topic of Lecture Aug. 29

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The Carolina Parakeet and Relatives: A Look at Some Natural, Un-natural, and Cultural Histories
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Wilson Special Collections Library
5:15 p.m. Exhibit viewing | North Carolina Collection Gallery
5:45 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

The Carolina Parakeet once flocked in great numbers across the American Southeast. Today, the colorful bird, which became extinct by the 1920s, offers up mystery and Carolina lore.

Ornithologists from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will discuss what is known about the Parakeet during a lecture in the Wilson Special Collections Library on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The free public program will begin at 5:45 p.m.

Curator of Ornithology John Gerwin and Ornithology Collections Manager Brian O’Shea will talk about the Parakeet’s history, the experiences of early explorers who encountered the Parakeet, and efforts to conserve endangered Parrots in the U.S. and abroad.

Before the lecture, birders, history lovers, and amateur biologists can also visit the North Carolina Collection Gallery exhibit The Carolina Parakeet in Art: Images from the Powell Collection.

The exhibit includes approximately 40 prints (including a rare print from Audubon’s Birds of America series), photographs of specimens, and paintings of the bird.

Many exhibit items were gifts of William S. “Bill” Powell, the North Carolina Collection’s former curator, and his wife, Virginia Powell, of Chapel Hill. The Powells made a lifelong project of collecting materials related to the Parakeet.

The exhibit will be on view in the North Carolina Collection Gallery through Sept. 30.

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