Los Altos History Museum Looks to the Sky

By December 18, 2017January 5th, 2018Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (December 18, 2017)–The Los Altos History Museum is pleased to announce that the extraordinary story of birds—their beauty, their biology, their migrations, and their ecosystems—will take center stage in the Museum’s upcoming exhibition entitled “Instinct Extinct: The Great Pacific Flyway“, opening January 25 – March 31, 2018.

The exhibit, curated by professors from University of California-Davis School of Design, is inspired by the spectacular natural instinct of birds to travel thousands of miles up and down the Western edge of North America. It celebrates the beauty of flight and the magnificence of avian wing design through whimsical artistic installations. It also delves into the loss of habitat that has threatened this display of natural instinct. The San Francisco Bay Area was once one of the main rest stops for birds traveling along a long-established aerial highway. But loss of wetlands along the shore has meant many fewer birds make the Bay a resting place on their route today.

“Over the last several years, the Los Altos History Museum has established a reputation for delivering exhibitions related to environmental stewardship, including the award-winning exhibition, Shaped by Water. We are pleased to continue that conversation with this exhibition,” stated Dr. Elisabeth Ward, the Museum’s Executive Director.

The Los Altos History Museum is adding to the exhibition photographs taken by several local avian photographers, and inviting local community groups to lend specimens to the exhibition. Programming for this exhibition will reach beyond the walls of the Museum to encourage visitors to look to the sky:

  • Opening Event featuring live birds from the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, January 27th, 1-4pm. Free
  • Bird Sketch Art Classes offered by John Muir Laws at the Museum, starting February 8th at 10am. Free
  • A Baylands Bird Walk led by Kelsey Frey of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, February 13th, 10am-noon at the Baylands Preserve Trail Head, $5 charge covers coffee and snacks.
  • Birding Around the San Francisco Bay Trail” a talk by Corinne DeBra of the Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, February 27th at 7pm at the Museum, Free.
  • The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration” a lecture on the largest wetlands restoration project in the West, led by Executive Director John Bourgeois, March 6th at 7pm at LAYC (Los Altos Youth Center). Free.

The Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org