Happy 158th Birthday

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The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is digging deep into its vault! On Thursday, Jan. 15th, to celebrate 158 years of nature and science history and officially commemorate Founder’s Day, all Illinois residents can enjoy free admission and view the Nature Museum’s oldest specimen in collection, a Merlin (small species of falcon) from 1834. Guests can travel through time and discover a unique specimen from each 30-year interval such as the Peregrine Falcon and Abert’s Squirrel. Steve Sullivan, the Nature Museum’s senior curator of urban ecology, will be stationed at the Beecher Collections Laboratory to discuss the specimens, provide historical context and answer questions. Throughout the week, there will be additional opportunities to see the specimens, participate in special activities and scavenger hunts, win prizes and discover more about the Academy’s founders and legacy. Opening the Vault at the Nature Museum will take place on Thursday, Jan. 15th from 10a.m., to 2p.m., at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr. The cost is free.

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