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This Week at the Museum

April 4, 2016

Friends Lecture - Wednesday Afternoon


Please plan to enjoy Dr. John Pickering’s contribution to the Natural History Lecture Series, on Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 pm at the Special Collections Library in the Richard B. Russell Building.
Why fly now?  Photographing moths at porch lights helps us understand their biology and potential environmental threats.

Discover Life’s Mothing project is studying how weather patterns, urbanization and other factors affect insects. There is a wondrous diversity of over 2,700 moth species in Georgia. Dr. Pickering will show us how to use our cell phones to help find and map the dark dozen!

The lecture will be held at the Special Collections Library, Richard B. Russell Building, 300 South Hull Street, on the University of Georgia Campus. Parking is available at the Hull Street parking deck immediately adjacent to the Library.

The Natural History Lecture series is co-sponsored by the Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

Field Trip to Rock and Granite Shoals

Friends of GMNH are invited to join Robert Wyatt and Philip Juras for a special field trip to Rock and Shoals granite outcrop off Barnett Shoals Road on Saturday, 16 April 2016.  We will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Athens Montessori School on Barnett Shoals Road to carpool to the site.  Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

This outcrop is the best local example of one of the most interesting landscapes in the Piedmont of Georgia.  These ancient habitats harbor a unique and beautiful flora.  Philip spent several years capturing these and other natural areas described in William Bartram’s Travels, including some paintings done at Rock and Shoals.  Robert has published numerous papers over the past 40 years on the ecology, evolution, and systematics of plants endemic to granite outcrops.

Please indicate your interest in joining us by sending Robert an email by 9 April 2016 at rewyatt@uga.edu.  There is no charge for current members of the Friends.

An “Attaboy” for Rick Hoebeck

Dr. Richard Hoebeck, Collections Manager for GMNH, was cited in a recent New York Times article about the importance of natural history museums. “These specimens routinely affect our lives in ways we barely recognize. In the summer of 1996, for instance, a New York developer named Ingram S. Carner noticed that the sugar maples in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn were struggling. He collected a suspect beetle, and Richard Hoebeke, then an entomologist at Cornell University, soon identified it as an Asian long-horned beetle, the first to be found in this country. If it had gone undetected, a study by the United States Forest Service later estimated, it could have killed a third of the trees in cities nationwide. Instead, the discovery touched off a major campaign to contain the invasion at a handful of sites. The unsung hero? A natural history museum: Dr. Hoebeke was able to identify the species so quickly only because Cornell happened to have a single specimen from China in its collections.”
Please visit out our web site (http://www.gmnhfriends.org) for a list of Friends activities, officers and Board Members.
-- Cheers from Dac Crossley, President
Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History.
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