The banners displayed on the second floor and in the stairwells of the museum are high resolution images highlighting selected items from the collection.
We have a special bat program planned on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
“The real-life story of bats far eclipsed all the fairy tales and myths surrounding the beautiful and misunderstood mammal.”
This program features the lecture The Wonderful World of Bats by Dr. Richard Adams, of the University of Northern Colorado. In his lecture, Dr. Adams will discuss the novel physiology and anatomy of bats as well as their astonishing abilities at using echolocation to “see” in complete darkness. In addition, as acrobats, their flight skills are unequalled in the animal kingdom.
While adults are attending Dr. Adam’s lecture in the Paleontology Hall, Museum’s docents will be presenting hands-on activities for young children in the BioLounge. Thus, kids will also have an opportunity to get a better understanding of bats, and learn the importance of their role in diverse ecosystems.
Following the lecture, Dr. Adams and Edward von Bleichert, CEFP Manager, Environmental Operations, CU Facilities Management, will guide a tour to Main campus to observe an out-flight of a colony of bats. The tour is appropriate for all ages.
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. To do this, 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.
Unfortunately, we’ve signed up all of our citizen scientists for this year already. But you can learn more about our research, native solitary bees and wasps, find a design for making your own Bee Block, and see what our volunteers are discovering by exploring our website and blog, via http://beesneeds.colorado.edu.