Family Day is ‘All about Amazing Arctic Birds’


BRUNSWICK — Snowy owls, puffins and other arctic birds will be in the spotlight Saturday, Feb. 25, during the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum’s annual  Family Day. 

At the free event,  “From Talons to Tail Feathers: All about Amazing Arctic Birds,” families will learn how some birds change color, make mobiles and collages, and design imaginary birds using found objects.

Children will get to use a crayon-resistant technique to paint a ptarmigan camouflaged in snow. The ptarmigan adapts to its cold, snowy environment by changing its color from brown in the summer to white in winter.

The snowy owl and the gyrfalcon use their white plumage to surprise their prey. Children can make a mobile of a snowy owl and use their hand prints to create the majestic image of a gyrfalcon.

“From Talons to Tail Feathers” will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hubbard Hall on the Bowdoin College campus.

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, located in Hubbard Hall, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and  2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission will be free on Family Day.

For more information, call 725-3416.