GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discover common birds of Florida and celebrate Smokey Bear’s 65th birthday at two upcoming Discovery Room events at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Adam Kent, board member of the Alachua Audubon Society, serves as a guest “Dr. Discovery” Wednesday and Smokey the Bear will host a party in his honor Aug. 12. Both programs begin at 3 p.m.

Kent’s presentation is a fun way for children to familiarize themselves with common Florida birds. Participants may play detective as they read facts about birds and match the correct species. They also will have the opportunity to create their own bird.

Smokey Bear will join the Florida Museum on Aug. 12 for his 65th birthday celebration. The Florida Division of Forestry presentation on fire safety includes information for children and parents about wildfire prevention and outdoor burning guidelines.

Since his birth on Aug. 9, 1944, Smokey is the star of the longest-running public service announcement campaign in U.S. history. The Smokey Bear program aims to inform and educate about the dangers of wildfires to animals, people and homes.

Bring a friend and join the museum for these two exciting Dr. Discovery events!

A complete schedule of Discovery Room activities is available online,

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Writer: Patti Nunez
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,