Congratulations to Dena Smith, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology and Associate Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. A new study entitled The fossil record and macroevolutionary history of the beetles by Dr. Smith and coauthor, Jonathan Marcot, Research Assistant Professor of Animal Biology at the University of Illinois was published in the March 18, 2015 edition of Proceedings B of the Royal Society.
Weevil Curculionidae (the snout-beetles)
about 45 million years ago, Green River Formation of Colorado
Photo: Lindsay Walker
The Wilderness Act at 50:
A Celebration of Colorado Wilderness featuring 20 framed photographs of Colorado Wilderness Areas by acclaimed artist John Fielder. This traveling exhibit is a collaboration between Fielder, Conservation Colorado, The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, and other non-profit organizations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act.
The Bees’ Needs is a Citizen Science project of the CU Museum of Natural History. We are studying the diversity and abundance of solitary native bees in communities across the Northern Front Range of Colorado. We give our volunteers Bee Blocks, where their solitary bees can nest, and then we ask them to look at the blocks every two weeks during the breeding season to tell us if they see signs of nesting bees. The native bees that breed in these blocks are docile and unlikely to sting and they are very important components of healthy ecosystems. Learn more about our project and volunteer to join us at http://beesneeds.colorado.edu