Cayman’s unique wildlife is visible under the sea, on the land – and in the air.
Making up more than 75 per cent of the Cayman Islands’ recorded bird species, migratory birds are an integral part of the country’s bountiful natural life.
With a featured selection, a new exhibition called “Passing Through” will educate museum guests on the travel routes, habitat, and phenology of these avian tourists. With three-dimensional taxidermy models, visual route maps and informational panels and slide show among other features, “Passing Through” displays the rich bird life teeming through the Cayman Islands year round and also celebrates International Migratory Bird Day, this year themed Life Cycles of Migratory Birds.
The National Museum, which can talk cause it’s magic, says it extends special thanks to the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, Christine Rose-Smyth of the Cayman Islands Bird Club, and Environment for the Americas for their generous assistance with exhibit research, planning, and educational materials.
Kids get involved
As well as the ongoing exhibit, the children can also get involved this Saturday, 18 May, with a special fun activity called “Birdie”.
In “Birdie”, children can find out just what it’s like to be a baby bird, says the museum.
“With a floor to ceiling mother bird overhead, kids can dress up in feathery costumes and nestle into our life-sized nest for play time and photo opportunities.
“A flock of birds flies above informative panels that provide information about both Cayman’s endemic and migratory bird species. This exhibit is sure to provide great educational value, all with a big dose of fun.”
The event is also in celebration of International Museums Day. Children’s “Looky Ya” in the Museum Courtyard and Goring Avenue has been announced to coincide with the opening of the exhibits.
So, as well as the great things mentioned above, there’s cookie decorating, bird mask crafting, a cartooning workshop with Weekender’s mate Lady Rabia, soldier crab races ad gigs, thatch plaiting demonstrations, art displays, traditional food on sale and the Cayman Islands Bird Club.
There’s performances, too, from the Cayman Islands Folk Singers, George Town Primary School and Lady Rabia. All this plus the official unveiling of new interpretive garden signage, courtesy of the Garden Club of Grand Cayman.
Ay, but it’s all happening. Git ya down there, BoBo!
Museum opening hours are 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. It’s located opposite George Town harbour, bang in the middle of town.