The exotic birds of Trinidad flashed across a big screen in Botanica's auditorium last week, photographed by local naturalist Bob Gress.
He ticked off the purple honeycreeper, the Trinidad piping guan and the bearded bellbird for the audience, as its members oohed and ahhed.
And then Gress walked out to Botanica's new, about-to-be-christened bird garden, stood in the shade of a canopy of trees, and noted the song of a cardinal. It was a mark of appreciation for what Kansas has to offer in the way of birds -- 470 species sighted, some of which have already taken to a new bird garden that will open on Sunday.
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