№ 264/2009 from Oct 07, 2009
From October 16 to 18, 2009, feathered animals will be featured in an avian exhibition at the Botanic Garden. In cooperation with the Ornis Club Berlin e. V. and the Berlin chapter of the Association for Species Conservation, Aviculture, and Bird Breeding (Vereinigung für Artenschutz, Vogelhaltung und Vogelzucht e. V.) about 500 birds belonging to 80 species will be on display in the new conservatory. There will be a lot to see, from the large cacadu to the small Cuba finch. The most beautiful birds from private collections will be gathered especially for this exhibition in the new greenhouse.
Parrots from Africa and South America, zebra finches from Australia, finches from many regions of the world, parakeets, and canaries can be observed in spacious aviaries. Three different types of macaws are striking because of their loud calls. Particularly impressive is the rare dagger dove of the Philippines, whose throat displays striking red feathers – making it appear as if it has just been stabbed by a dagger. A variety of ducks and geese will be shown in a specially made pond. Even native woodland birds such as goldfinch, bullfinch, and bearded tits can be seen from close range. Technical advice, literature, and accessories for birds will be available.
In a public judging event, the most beautiful bird and the best showcase of the exhibition will be chosen. At a bird market, animals with documented breeding may be acquired because species protection is taken very seriously by bird lovers. None of the animals shown is from the wild, as can be seen by an expert glance at the ringing.
The budgerigar, or budgie, is still best suited for the family as it is easy to care for and tame – and can even learn to talk. There will be a bird quiz for children during the exhibition. A beekeeper can be observed during centrifugation of honey. The exhibition will be complemented with a special showing of rabbits of many different breeds. The Berlin chapter of Club Ornis Berlin e. V. is a non-profit organization of bird lovers and has been in existence since 1968. Currently 37 members of the club and breeders keep domestic birds, canaries, budgies, exotic birds, parrots, parakeets, and ornamental birds. Since 1996, the association has presented a large bird exhibition annually in the new greenhouse of the Botanic Garden in Dahlem.
- Dates and Times: October 16 – 18, 2009; Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Entrance: Botanic Garden entrances at Königin-Luise-Platz (Bus 101, X83) and Unter den Eichen (Bus M48)
- Admission fees: Combined ticket (Botanic Garden + Bird Exhibition): adults 6 €, reduced 3,50 €; children up to 6: no charge. Admission for annual pass holders of the Botanic Gardens: 3 €, when buying a family ticket, 6 €
- Contact: Detlef Gustke (Chairperson of Club Ornis Berlin e. V.) Tel. +49 (0)30 - 771 69 98, Mobile 0174 – 61 20 759
- Links to further information: www.botanischer-garten-berlin.de and www.club-ornis-berlin.de