First National Geographic Live event scheduled for Toledo Museum of Art

The first National Geographic Live event, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, will take place
at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Saturday. It is the first of the three-part speaker series that will
take place the Peristyle Theater throughout 2019.
“We are excited to see the Peristyle stage come alive through a combination of first-hand accounts from
National Geographic Explorers and their amazing imagery,” said Brian Kennedy, the Museum’s Edward
Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “We believe the National Geographic Live series provides an
engaging format for the community to learn about the world around them.”
The first event, Birds of Paradise Revealed with wildlife photojournalist Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed
Scholes, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Peristyle Theater.
Laman has earned a reputation for capturing images of nearly impossible subjects—from animals that glide
through rainforest canopies to some of the rarest 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 at least 18
National Geographic stories.
Working with Scholes, who has been conducting field research on the birds of paradise for more than 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 landmark book Birds of Paradise Revealed, 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.
Laman and Scholes will recount their wild and hairy adventures in the New Guinea rainforest in search of
some of nature’s most extraordinary wonders, and discuss the fascinating scientific questions around how
such extreme creatures and behaviors could have evolved.
For tickets and information, call 419-255-8000 or visit toledomuseum.org.
The museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue, just west of the downtown business
district and one block off I-75 with exit designations posted.