National Geographic Live! Birds of Paradise
KCTS 9 is a proud media sponsor of 2013 National Geographic Live! Seattle Speaker Series, presented by Benaroya Hall and the Seattle Symphony.
Tim Laman has earned a reputation for capturing images of nearly impossible subjects — from animals that glide through rain forest canopies to some of the most rare and endangered birds in the world. His pioneering research in Borneo led to a Ph.D. from Harvard, and his photography has been featured in 18 National Geographic stories. In collaboration with Cornell University ornithologist Ed Scholes, who has been conducting field research on the birds of paradise for over 10 years, Laman’s latest work focuses on these unique and majestic species, found deep in the New Guinea wilderness. Evolved to attract mates with their extraordinarily colorful feathers, which they display in dances executed with ballerina-like grace, the birds of paradise are a living laboratory of natural selection. In this stunning presentation tied to their new book, Birds of Paradise (to be released this fall), these intrepid scientists share remarkable photographs and video to reveal — for the first time — all 39 species, including their colorful plumage, secret lives, bizarre displays and dazzling courtship antics. Join Laman and Scholes as they recount their wild and hairy adventures in the New Guinea rain forest in search of some of nature’s most extraordinary wonders, and explore the fascinating scientific questions around how such extreme creatures and behaviors could have evolved.
Now in its 16th year in Seattle, the series presents five of National Geographic’s most dynamic explorers, scientists, archaeologists and photographers, each sharing stories from the front lines of exploration. Award-winning video and digital images animate the presentations, which conclude with a question-and-answer session with audience members. Join the adventure!
Tickets and series subscriptions are now available on the National Geographic Live! website.