May Is For the Birds – and Bugs and Butterflies

By Michael Berick

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See what birds you can spot on Bird L.A. Day. PHOTO BY LESLIE DAVIDSON

Take flight this month at a trio of events that celebrate creatures that can fly (or crawl or slither). On May 7, the Audubon Society and other participating groups will present the second annual Bird L.A. Day, so grab your binoculars and head out for some bird watching. There will be Bird L.A. Day sites all around Southern California, from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Ballona Wetlands. You can also make birding part of your visits to Descanso Gardens, Aquarium of the Pacific, Hansen Dam, Griffith Park and the Natural History Museum. For a complete list of locations and activities, visit www.birdla.org.

The Natural History Museum (900 Exposition Blvd., L.A.; www.nhm.org) will host an infestation of insects from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21-22. But don’t worry, it’s just the annual Bug Fair, which is marking its 30th anniversary. A multitude of creeping, crawling and flying critters will be on display. You can also see bug-related art, watch a battle of bug chefs, go on bug hunts and get up close and personal with all types of insects. If bugs aren’t your thing, you have been forewarned. Admission is $12 adults, $9 students with valid ID, $5 ages 3-12.

That same weekend, the skies over Kidspace Children’s Museum (480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena; www.kidspacemuseum.org) will be filled with a most colorful sight. The museum’s 20th annual Grand Butterfly Release, taking place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will feature hundreds of butterflies being sent out into the world at 2 p.m. each day. Kids can also learn to drink nectar like a butterfly, make antennae and wings to wear, enjoy interactive metamorphosis shows and look for Kidspace’s roaming butterfly character. Admission is $13 for ages 1 and older.

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