Videos and Livestreams - Lunchtime Lecture Series

The Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs hosts a guest lecture series called the Lunchtime Discovery Series. Professionals from a wide range of environmental backgrounds come and give presentations about their work and offer an opportunity for attendees to learn about a variety of subjects during the lunch hour. Topics range from spider diversity in North Carolina to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to how to incorporate music in environmental education programming. 

The are several taped presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics that can be used in the classroom to supplement existng lessons on ecosystems, natural resources, and North Carolina history.

You can sign up for weekly email notifications about upcoming lectures! Contact an office staff member if you have trouble subscribing. 

Learn about the Lunchtime Discovey Series

Armadillodiles, Turtle-Pigs and other Strange Prehistoric Animals of North Carolina

Armadillodiles, Turtle-Pigs and other Strange Prehistoric Animals of North Carolina

Dr. Christian F. Kammerer, Research Curator of Paleontology, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
June 19 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Underlying the Triangle area are rocks from the Triassic Period (~230 million years old) at the beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs. These rocks yield a diverse fauna of prehistoric reptiles and amphibians, including heavily armored crocodile-relatives, giant salamander-like predators and tusked protomammals. Come learn about these strange ancient creatures and their environments, as well as the fieldwork currently being done by NCMNS scientists to excavate their remains.

North Carolina Forest Preharvest Planning Tool – A Digital Hub for Forests

North Carolina Forest Preharvest Planning Tool – A Digital Hub for Forests

Alan Coats, Forest Water Quality Specialist, NC Forest Service 
Wednesday, June 12 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center

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When harvesting forest products, North Carolina’s landowners must factor in a number of considerations, including water quality, threatened and endangered species, and soil health. To assist with this process, the North Carolina Forest Service has developed the Forest Preharvest Planning Tool – a free online tool for forest landowners, resource management professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about North Carolina’s forestland. Find out more about what the tool offers, and how it can make forestry in North Carolina more sustainable.

An Unknown World of Small Creatures

An Unknown World of Small Creatures

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3512
Wednesday, June 5 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Tracy Feldman, Assistant Professor, St. Andrews University – A Branch of Webber International University

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The extent of Earth's biodiversity is still unknown--sometimes we do not even know about species in our own backyards. Many small insects live most of their lives in tiny spaces and may remain undetected; thus, new species may be all around us, waiting to be discovered. Find out about the discoveries of leaf-mining and stem-mining insects in North Carolina and the potential for citizen science projects that tap into this unknown world.

Bikes, Water and Soul - Introducing Cycling to Diverse Youth

Bikes, Water and Soul - Introducing Cycling to Diverse Youth

Bikes, Water and Soul - Introducing Cycling to Diverse Youth
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, May 22 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Kevin Hicks, Founder and Executive Director, Triangle Bikeworks

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Film: Bikes, Water and Soul

Ever wonder why so few youth of color are into organized cycling? Triangle Bikeworks has. That’s why they're offering a form of cross country cycling that is unmatched in the state of North Carolina. Come find out how they flipped the norms of biking to re-introduce youth to one of their first loves.

Beachcombing Biology

Beachcombing Biology

Terri Kirby Hathaway, Marine Education Specialist, North Carolina Sea Grant
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
May 15 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

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Everything you find on the beach has a story behind it, whether the object is natural or manmade. Discover some of the tales behind treasures found while beachcombing on our beaches. Explore seashells and the shell-makers, the secrets of crabs and corals and the mysteries behind floating items that are blown onto the seashore!

The Oyster Reef Chorus – Using Estuarine Soundscapes to Assess Habitat Health of NC Oyster Reefs

The Oyster Reef Chorus – Using Estuarine Soundscapes to Assess Habitat Health of NC Oyster Reefs

Olivia Caretti, North Carolina State University
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
May 8 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

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Imagine diving head-first underwater in a North Carolina estuary…. You think it will be peaceful and quiet once you jump in but instead are greeted by a cacophony of fish and invertebrate songs. The Marine Ecology and Conservation Lab at NC State University is listening to these songs to help decipher who, when, and why species are using underwater habitats. Please join us to find out: what can we learn by eavesdropping on these choruses?

African Safari - A Look at Africa's Incredible Wildlife

African Safari - A Look at Africa's Incredible Wildlife

African Safari - A Look at Africa's Incredible Wildlife 
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3512
Wednesday, May 1 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
John Kinsella

Join us Wednesday at noon for a look at the amazing biodiversity of southern Africa. Many of the species in this part of the world are under constant threat from human activity. This presentation will enhance your appreciation of these biological treasures and teach you about efforts to protect and preserve them.

John Kinsella is a volunteer at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Arthropod Zoo. He retired after a 38-year career with the Animal and Plant Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Power of Play – How Play Creates Community, Connection and Possibility

The Power of Play – How Play Creates Community, Connection and Possibility

The Power of Play – How Play Creates Community, Connection and Possibility
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, April 24 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Harden Engelhardt, VP, Play, Kara Strange, Director of Community Engagement, Shenette Swann, Play Coordinator, Even Cooper, Play Coordinator, Marbles Kids Museum  

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Abandoned Byways - Exploring North Carolina's Fading Trails

Abandoned Byways - Exploring North Carolina's Fading Trails

Joe Miller, GetGoingNC 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center
**This talk will not be livestreamed so make sure you attend in person!
You can “tweet” along with us on Twitter: @NorthCarolinaEE #LunchTimeDiscovery https://twitter.com/NorthCarolinaEE

Joe Miller has written about outdoor adventure in the Southeast since 1992. He wrote a weekly outdoor adventure column, Take It Outside, for The News & Observer in Raleigh for 10 years, and has written for various online sites including his own website, GetGoingNC.com since 2009. He is the author of three books including 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina, Backpacking North Carolina and Adventure Carolinas. He leads hiking and camping trips, as well as backpacking excursions. Join us on Wednesday at noon as Joe Miller takes us on a journey to some of the lesser known trails of the triangle and beyond.

 

Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World

Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World

Patrick Dougherty, Sculptor 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center
 
Sculptor Patrick Dougherty will discuss his long career as an environmental artist building sapling sculptures around the world.  

The Big Easy (2017) Sarah P Duke Gardens of Duke University, Durham, NC. Photo: Michael Maundy

Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future - Women in STEM Panel Discussion

Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future - Women in STEM Panel Discussion

Kyla Bloyer, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
Dr. Bronwyn W. Williams, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Dale Threatt-Taylor, Wake Soil and Water Conservation District
Kusondra King, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center
Wednesday, March 27, Noon – 1:00 p.m. 

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Join us for a special panel discussion with four women working in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in North Carolina who will give us a glimpse into their unique experiences and the challenges of working in STEM careers as women.   

Tales of Tar, Pitch and Turpentine - Naval Stores in North Carolina

Tales of Tar, Pitch and Turpentine - Naval Stores in North Carolina

Chris Helms, Carolina Beach State Park 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center
 

“Here’s to the Land of the Longleaf Pine...” Join us Wednesday as Carolina Beach State Park Superintendent Chris Helms shares a legacy of the naval stores industry in North Carolina and how its legacy lives on in the “Tar Heel” state.

Can’t attend in person? You can watch live https://livestream.com/naturalsciences/DailyPlanet or “tweet” along with us on Twitter: @NorthCarolinaEE #LunchTimeDiscovery https://twitter.com/NorthCarolinaEE

Art in Bloom - Art, Flowers and Imagination

Art in Bloom - Art, Flowers and Imagination

Laura Finan, North Carolina Museum of Art
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center

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Laura Finan, Coordinator of Programs for the North Carolina Museum of Art, talks about what it takes to transform a museum into an indoor garden. Laura developed Art in Bloom with the hopes that it would be repeatable. Now in its fifth year, the event has become a Raleigh tradition and a celebration of spring. Join Laura Wednesday to learn the history and the hopes for this sweet-smelling festival of art and flowers.

Can’t attend in person? You can watch live https://livestream.com/naturalsciences/DailyPlanet or “tweet” along with us on Twitter: @NorthCarolinaEE #LunchTimeDiscovery https://twitter.com/NorthCarolinaEE

Cary's Good Hope Farm - Supporting Farmer's, Preserving History and Connecting Community to Local Food

Cary's Good Hope Farm - Supporting Farmer's, Preserving History and Connecting Community to Local Food

Erin Crouse, The Conservation Fund and Sarah Justice, Town of Cary
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center
Wednesday, March 6, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

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As the Triangle has grown, much of the farmland in our region has been lost to development. How can public-private partnerships meet increased demand for local food and support sustainable agriculture? Come learn about Good Hope Farm, a 29-acre urban farm partnership project with the Town of Cary that preserves farmland, opens opportunities to the next generation of farmers and engages the community around agriculture and local food.

 

Civilian Conservation Corps in North Carolina

Civilian Conservation Corps in North Carolina

Jason Anthony, Park Ranger, Hanging Rock State Park
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
February 27, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

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The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the most popular and successful of President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs during the Great Depression. The work that the Corps did in North Carolina and beyond gave us many state and national parks that are prized for their scenic beauty and diversity of natural resources. Come learn about the events that precipitated the Great Depression, the background and history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the legacy that they left us.

Living in the World's Wood Basket

Living in the World's Wood Basket

Dr. Elizabeth Nichols, Dr. Rachel Cook and Dr. Zakiya Leggett, North Carolina State University
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center
Wednesday, February 20, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

It’s time to talk trees! On Wednesday we welcome three professors from NC State University’s forestry program. We’ll hear from Dr. Elizabeth Nichols, Dr. Rachel Cook, and Dr. Zakiya Leggett about sustainable forestry and North Carolina’s forestry industry. We’ll also hear an interesting story about using trees to treat wastewater...Join us at noon at the Daily Planet Theater to hear from this knowledgeable tree-o of scientists.

 

 

NC Space Grant - Developing the Next Generation of Explorers

NC Space Grant - Developing the Next Generation of Explorers

Sandy Canfield, North Carolina Space Grant 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center

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Did you ever have a childhood dream of becoming an astronaut? Or maybe you still do... Join us on Wednesday to learn about the future of North Carolina’s aerospace workforce. Sandy Canfield, Assistant Director of NC Space Grant, will tell us about Space Grant’s work to support aeronautics and space-related education in North Carolina.

Least Brook Lamprey - One of the Least Known of Our Native Fishes in My Backyard and Maybe Yours!

Least Brook Lamprey - One of the Least Known of Our Native Fishes in My Backyard and Maybe Yours!

Join Jerry Reynolds on a grand safari to his backyard and learn about the Least Brook Lamprey.  The Least Brook Lamprey is certainly one of our least known native fishes with a very interesting lifestyle. This will truly be an immersive experience as Jerry goes to great depth to show you their energetic spawning behavior.  

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Urban Beekeeping

Urban Beekeeping

Ben Dictus, Lead Beekeeper, Bee Downtown
Wednesday, January 23 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center
 

Ben Dictus, Lead Beekeeper for Bee Downtown, a business in Durham that installs and maintains beehives to build healthy bee populations, will join us Wednesday to talk about urban beekeeping - its history and challenges. Ben will tell us more about what Bee Downtown does with urban beekeeping and will compare urban beekeeping to other types of beekeeping.

Appalachian High: breeding birds of the NC Southern Appalachian Mountains

Appalachian High: breeding birds of the NC Southern Appalachian Mountains

John Gerwin
Research Curator, Ornithology, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center
Wednesday, January 16, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

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A sizeable number of wildlife species (not just birds) reach the southern limit of their breeding range in the higher mountains of North Carolina.  John Gerwin, Research Curator of Ornithology, will “high”-light results from several breeding-bird projects conducted in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. In addition, John will showcase the natural histories of a handful of other species that breed only at the higher elevations in NC.

 

Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas

Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas

Dr. Paul Hosier, University of North Carolina Wilmington
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center
Wednesday, January 9, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

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Dr. Paul Hosier, coastal plant ecologist and author of Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas – A New Guide for Plant Identification and Use in the Coastal Landscape will join us this Wednesday to explore the amazing plant life that thrives along the North Carolina coast. He will highlight our diverse coastal plant community including the five major plants that cover most of North Carolina’s dunes, and the trees, shrubs, and marsh plants that characterize the major ecological zones along the shore. Dr. Hosier will discuss some of the “all too successful” invasive plants along the coast and some of the more interesting and useful plants such as figs and mistletoe. Join us and find out more about the benefits of conserving and landscaping with native plants.

A Look at Carolina Bays in Southeastern North Carolina

A Look at Carolina Bays in Southeastern North Carolina

Dr. Lee Phillips, Director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office at UNC Greensboro, discusses the distribution, timing and origins of Carolina Bays and his research at Jones Lake State Park. This was student-driven research Dr. Phillips cooridnated while on faculty at UNC Pembroke, supported in part by NC Space Grant. Presented on December 19, 2018.

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Image of Carolina bay lakes.

There's No Place Like Home - Photographing the Incredible Biodiversity of the Tarheel State

There's No Place Like Home - Photographing the Incredible Biodiversity of the Tarheel State

Todd Pusser
Todd Pusser Photography
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center
Wednesday, December 13th, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

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A native of the North Carolina Sandhills, photographer Todd Pusser has traveled the globe in search of wildlife.  His photographs have earned awards in prestigious international wildlife photo competitions and are published in books, calendars, and magazines around the world.

Though Todd photographs everything from blue whales to penguins, he has a soft spot for the wildlife of North Carolina.  In his talk on December 12, he will discuss a wide range of topics from 20 years of exploring his home state’s biodiversity including his adventures photographing sharks off the NC coast, snorkeling with hellbenders in mountain streams, and photographing fox squirrels near his childhood home.  To see more of his work please visit www.ToddPusser.com.

Tales from an Insect Diagnostician – The Good, the Bad and the Wacky

Tales from an Insect Diagnostician – The Good, the Bad and the Wacky

Dr. Matt Bertone, North Carolina State University
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center
Wednesday, December 5th, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

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What’s a workday like for a “pest detective?” Join Dr. Matt Bertone, entomologist with N.C. State University’s Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, as he shares some of the intriguing and entertaining questions and cases he’s fielded while helping farmers, gardeners and homeowners with their arthropod mysteries.

The Oyster Reef Chorus – Using Estuarine Soundscapes to Assess Habitat Health of NC Oyster Reefs

The Oyster Reef Chorus – Using Estuarine Soundscapes to Assess Habitat Health of NC Oyster Reefs

Olivia Caretti, North Carolina State University
Wednesday, October 28, 2018, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources, Nature Research Center, SECU Daily Planet Theater, 1st Floor
 
Imagine diving head-first underwater in a North Carolina estuary…. You think it will be peaceful and quiet once you jump in, but instead are greeted by a cacophony of fish and invertebrate songs. The Marine Ecology and Conservation Lab at NC State University is listening to these songs to help decipher who, when, and why species are using underwater habitats. Please join us to find out: what can we learn by eavesdropping on these choruses?
 
Fins, Flukes and Photos - Using Photo Identification on Cetaceans

Fins, Flukes and Photos - Using Photo Identification on Cetaceans

Julia Jacobs, NC State University
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Environmental Literacy Center, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Research Center
 

There are over 80 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises around the world and with those species come many scientific questions. Photo identification is one way that these animals are studied in a non-invasive manner. When these marine mammals come up to breath we take photos of their dorsal fins and flukes to identify them. That information can then be used to answer questions about population counts, habitat associations, group associations, and much more.

More than A Green Space - The Camden Street Learning Garden Story

More than A Green Space - The Camden Street Learning Garden Story

Ayn Corrigan, Urban Agriculture Education Manager
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Environmental Literacy Center, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Research Center
 
Camden Street Learning garden is more than just a green space. This garden was started to serve the community of Southeast Raleigh, and it's grown a cornucopia of programs to accomplish that service.
 
Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Parasites that Create Zombies

Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Parasites that Create Zombies

Dr. April Blakeslee, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, East Carolina University
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center
 
 
Parasites are integral member of communities; however, because they are small and often hidden, they can be forgotten in community studies. Yet parasites can have profound effects on their hosts and even the ecosystem at large. Here, I demonstrate some of the fascinating influences that parasites have on hosts—including the creation of zombies!
Photo: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Looking Again – Discovering Natural History in the N.C. Museum of History’s “Look Again” Photo Exhibit

Looking Again – Discovering Natural History in the N.C. Museum of History’s “Look Again” Photo Exhibit

RaeLana V. Poteat, Curator of Political and Social History, NC Museum of History
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center
 
 
Get up close and personal with some of the intriguing historical photographs featured in this exhibit, which encourages visitors to look closely at old photos and ask questions about them. Why does this woman have a chicken on her head? What would cause a whole town to want to have their picture taken with a tree stump? Join us to find answers, or ask your own questions.
 
Barred, Barn, Great Horned and Screech (and sometimes Snowy) - Owls of North Carolina

Barred, Barn, Great Horned and Screech (and sometimes Snowy) - Owls of North Carolina

Colleen Bockhahn, Assistant Park Manager, Lake Crabtree County Park 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Environmental Literacy Center, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Research Center

Owls are known as symbols of wisdom and magic. Gain some wisdom about our local owl species, and discover the magic behind their unique adaptations and natural histories. Did you know that great-horned owls prey on other owls? Which North Carolina owl species is declining in northern states? Get the answers to these questions and many more!

 

Backyard Composting

Backyard Composting

Rhonda Sherman, Extension Specialist, Horticultural Science Department, North Carolina State University
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, @ 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Archdale Building (512 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, 27604), Room 1109 North and Outdoors

Have a compost bin that not's doing what you expected? Want to start composting but don't know how? Learn how to successfully compost food scraps, yard debris, and 100 more items. Rhonda Sherman’s areas of expertise are vermicomposting, composting, recycling and waste reduction. She gives about 40 presentations annually and has authored over 65 publications on these topics. Considered a leading authority on vermicomposting, Rhonda has received inquiries from people in 110 countries and taught composting and vermicomposting in Guyana, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Chile, and throughout the United States.

Trinidad and Tobago - Adventures in Tropical Herping

Trinidad and Tobago - Adventures in Tropical Herping

Alvin Braswell, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center
 
 
Join us Wednesday as herpetologist and naturalist Alvin Braswell takes us on a journey of the critters who inhabit the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, the southernmost nation in the Carribean. We will explore the geography and geologic and natural history of Trinidad and Tobago while learning about the complexities of the current faunal composition of the islands.

Creating a "Community of Compost" with CompostNow

Creating a "Community of Compost" with CompostNow

Kat Nigro, Head of Marketing and Engagement, CompostNow
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Environmental Literacy Center, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Research Center
 
 
Soil is one of our most precious and important resources on Earth. But our soils are depleted of nutrients. Learn how composting starves landfills
and builds healthy soil with local collection service, CompostNow!
 
Not at All That Far-Fetched - The Amazing Dogs of Allison Woods

Not at All That Far-Fetched - The Amazing Dogs of Allison Woods

Not at All That Far-Fetched - The Amazing Dogs of Allison Woods

Paige Jackson, Education Director, Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center
Wednesday, August 22, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Learn more about Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center and see a demonstration of one of their amazing dogs in action! The “Turtle Dogs” of Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center work with instructors to educate students about North Carolina’s official state reptile, the Eastern Box Turtle. These dogs are specifically bred and trained to aid in research and field studies of turtles (endangered and threatened species) and to retrieve them, bringing them to their handlers unharmed for documentation. The dogs are used in both research and field trip programs and are recognized nationwide by conservationists and preservationists alike. Seen on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101, PBS, UNC-TV and numerous magazines including an upcoming issue of Field and Family, they are a one of a kind program that students and adults love!

The Milky Way - Our Home Galaxy

The Milky Way - Our Home Galaxy

The Milky Way - Our Home Galaxy
August 8, 2018, SECU Daily Planet Theater, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dr. Patrick Treuthardt briefly discusses the history of how we "discovered" the Milky Way and our place in it. He explores our galaxy's structure, supermassive black hole, dark matter halo, origin, and eventual fate.

 

A Garden for Life, Patrick McMillan, South Carolina Botanical Garden

A Garden for Life, Patrick McMillan, South Carolina Botanical Garden

A Garden for Life, Patrick McMillan, South Carolina Botanical Gardengreen poster for A Garden of Life
NC Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center, July 31, 2018

As director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Emmy-Award-winning television host and naturalist Patrick McMillan sees the role of public garden as a place to encourage people to maintain their own beautiful spaces in a sustainable way. Patrick shares how the modern garden is being transformed into habitats for pollinators and wildlife, and provides lessons on increasing the diversity of life in your own garden.

Environmental Justice - Dismantling Inequity and Enabling Sustainability Where We Live, Work and Play

Environmental Justice - Dismantling Inequity and Enabling Sustainability Where We Live, Work and Play

Environmental Justice - Dismantling Inequity and Enabling Sustainability Where We Live, Work and Play

Bethany B. Cutts, North Carolina State University
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center
Wednesday, July 25, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
 
How can environmental education become a tool forenvironmental justice? Dr. Bethany Cutts from NC State University leads an interactive seminar in which participants (1) examine the many ways thatenvironmental injustices have been created in the US, (2) get a whirlwind introduction to social movement and policy responses to environmental justice that have emerged over the last thirty years, and (3) think about how to implement models of environmental education well-suited to reducingenvironmental disparities affecting the health and well-being of many minority and low-income communities.
 
Hop, Slither and Crawl into Action! The Role of Citizen Science in Conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians

Hop, Slither and Crawl into Action! The Role of Citizen Science in Conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians

Hop, Slither and Crawl into Action! The Role of Citizen Science in Conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians
July 18, 2018. SECU Daily Planet Theater
Jeff Hall, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Biologist, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Citizen science projects have taken the opportunity to capitalize on the popularity of social media and have become important tools for collecting species data. Although citizen science is more common within the birding community with projects such as the Christmas Bird Count and e-Bird, fewer projects have focused on amphibians and reptiles. Recently, however, there has been an increase in herp-related citizen science projects, such as HerpMapper, iNaturalist, and the Terrapin Tally. Join us Wednesday at noon as we discuss these projects and explore the data obtained through them. We will also examine the value of some longer-running citizen science projects such as the Carolina Herp Atlas and the North Carolina Calling Amphibian Survey Program.

Sea Turtles Dig the Dark - The Use of Drones to Monitor Light Pollution on NC Beaches

Sea Turtles Dig the Dark - The Use of Drones to Monitor Light Pollution on NC Beaches

Sea Turtles Dig the Dark - The Use of Drones to Monitor Light Pollution on NC Beaches

Anna Windle, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center

Anna Windle explains what her research has discovered about light pollution and the nesting behavior of sea turtles! Artificial nighttime light has detrimental impacts on nesting sea turtles and sea turtle hatchlings. Nesting sea turtles appear to avoid brightly lit beaches and can turn back to sea prematurely when exposed to artificial light. Sea turtle hatchlings often travel towards bright artificial lights instead of reaching the ocean. Light pollution has been quantified using a variety of methods; however, it has proven challenging to make accurate measurements of ambient light at fine scales and on smaller nesting beaches. Using an autonomous terrestrial rover, high-resolution light measurements were collected from a sea turtle’s perspective and analysis showed significantly different nesting densities in different areas of the beaches from varying light levels.

Afrofuturism, Black Panther and Environmental Science

Afrofuturism, Black Panther and Environmental Science

Afrofuturism, Black Panther and Environmental Science

The movement and aesthetic of Afrofuturism has been defined by many and operates around science-fictional identity and visioning. We will journey into some of its realms in music, film, literature, visual art and environmental science. Starting with film and the now popular cinematic "Black Panther," this informative lecture will leave you in awe. Darrell Stover, North Carolina State University.

North Carolina's Estuarine Sharks: Habitat and Movement Ecology of Top Predators in the Sounds

North Carolina's Estuarine Sharks: Habitat and Movement Ecology of Top Predators in the Sounds

North Carolina's Estuarine Sharks: Habitat and Movement Ecology of Top Predators in the Sounds
Lunchtime Discovery Series, March 21, 2018

Sharks are often thought of as creatures of the open ocean or the coast, but many species regularly visit or spend a large portion of their lives in estuaries. Hosting the second-largest estuarine ecosystem in the continental United States, North Carolina provides ample habitat for a variety of shark species. However, dependence on estuarine habitats also puts sharks in close proximity to humans. Dr. Charles Bangley introduces us to the shark community of North Carolina’s sounds and shows how scientific surveys and tagging technology might help us coexist with these important predators.

NC Aquariums: Collective Action for Sea Turtle Conservation

NC Aquariums: Collective Action for Sea Turtle Conservation

NC Aquariums: Collective Action for Sea Turtle Conservation
Lunchtime Discovery Series, March 14, 2018

The North Carolina Aquariums, with support from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have a long history of sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation, release and conservation education. Hap Fatzinger, Director of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores highlights how sea turtles are being saved from extinction through collaborations with their conservation partners.

The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Oyster, Dr. Matthew Booker, NCSU

The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Oyster, Dr. Matthew Booker, NCSU

The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Oyster, Dr. Matthew Booker, NCSU
Lunchtime Discovery Series, January 24, 2018

Dr. Matthew Booker uses the intertwined histories of humans and shellfish to explore changes in American eating habits, urbanization, and a shift towards industrial agriculture that’s been going on since the mid-19th century. Most people encountered modern life through their food and drink, both of which became the focus of consumer fear and governmental regulation. This talk will use a forgotten urban staple, oysters, to explore the risks of industrialization and the profound consequences of environmental protections in the early twentieth century.

Following Sharks, Chris Fischer, OCEARCH

Following Sharks, Chris Fischer, OCEARCH

Following Sharks, Chris Fischer, OCEARCH
NC Museum of Natural Sciences' Science Cafe, January 26, 2017

What kind of sharks live along the North Carolina coast?  Where and when do these sharks travel near our state? Join us to learn about the research being conducted by OCEARCH, an organization generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks.  Our speaker will introduce us to the Global Shark Tracker, which allows the public to track and learn about sharks in near real time for free. This science cafe is brought to us through a partnership with the Department of Environmental Quality and the NC Aquariums.

Meanders Through Time - Rivers in Art and History

Meanders Through Time - Rivers in Art and History

Meanders Through Time - Rivers in Art and History
Steve Bevington, Division of Land and Water Stewardship, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Amazon River? The Deep? The Eno or the Colorado or the Yangtze? Perhaps the Yukon, Limpopo or the Seine? Which rivers have wound their way into your heart? Steve Bevington will explore rivers as they meander out of ancient hills through our shared experiences and into the sea.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Videos

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Videos

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