July 14, 2014
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Geographic are bringing the Birdsof-Paradise Project to the public. Witness diverse strategies of evolution at work and experience one of nature’s extraordinary wonders – up close.
What appears to be overlooked by the ornithologists and that I believe is part of the answer for the special complexity of these 39 species’ displays in the rainforest of New Guinea is that not only is it the largest remaining old growth rainforest in Asia, it the world’s oldest ecological zone on the planet that is not beneath the sea.
It’s my personal deduction that these birds’ dances are so ornate and unlike those of birds from other regions – yet similar, in some ways to each others’ – is because they’ve had the longest time to refine the incredible precision of their movements and the longest amount of time to evolve the head-spinning profusion of different kinds of pom poms on their heads or the unexpected colors of plumage which are revealed by surprise, during their dances.
It’s quite a site to see, truly deserving of a full length film that I should try to track down. Iremember hearing about this project a couple of years ago…