Avian Invasion

The birds are back from the brink

Sat 5/17

"Oldtimers" who remember the destruction Hurricane Andrew wrought can celebrate a symbolic victory at Miami Metrozoo (12400 SW 152nd St.). After eleven years and $13.5 million, a new hurricane-resistant aviary opened this month. As part of the ongoing festivities and to complement the theme of its reborn "Wings Of Asia" exhibit, the zoo honors Asians Around the World this weekend from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be face painting, contests, and paper cutting but the highlight is the Caribbean Cultural Connection's East Indian Chutney Review at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You can hear the birds whistling along already. The American Bankers Family Aviary (its formal name) is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (park hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) daily. Admission for adults is $12; children pay $7, and kids under age two get in free. Call 305-251-0400. -- By Margaret Griffis Thur 5/15 Good NaturedIs it possible to be an "environmental extremist," as representatives of Big Sugar call the ordinary folk who hope phosphorous will be removed from Everglades waters sooner than later? What's extreme about wanting a clean water supply? After all, as much as major industries want to ignore the fact, our water and the Everglades are inextricably linked. Maybe agricultural executives should take a little canoe trip? If they're too scared, they can always go see "Focus on Everglades Ecology," a photography exhibition featuring images by members of the Homestead Art Club. It showcases our precious swamp as well as the creatures that attempt to reside there -- from menacing-looking mangroves to ill-tempered alligators to crafty raccoons. The display continues through Thursday, May 29, at Everglades National Park, Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, 40001 State Rd 9336, Homestead. Admission is free. Call 305-242-7700. -- Nina Korman Thur 5/15 Outside Water World

In your car, passing yet another construction site offering "luxury loft living," you're trying to remember why you still live in Miami. Go directly to Kayak Influence (1771 Sunset Harbor Dr., Miami Beach). Paddling on the bay, spotting the silver arc of a dolphin, and watching the sunset reminds you that sometimes this really is the Magic City. Tonight at 7:00 join a monthly full-moon outing. Paddle to a real estate development-free island for a picnic supper. You'll rediscover nature, and if you wonder where the interesting people on the Beach went, you'll likely find them here. Cost is $50. Call 305-535-1227. -- Judy Cantor

 
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