Celebrate NC Museum Week June 1-5 with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences!
Prepare to learn fascinating first-hand stories from research curators about the strange and wonderful treasures hidden within the Museum's collections! Watch on Facebook Live or YouTube Live with the links below.
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is North Carolina’s most visited museum, the largest institution of its kind in the Southeast, and one of the nation’s most celebrated nature museums.
This significant institution is not only a wonderful place for the public to visit, but as a research-based museum, it is also home to thousands of scientific specimens used by scientists to learn the secrets of the natural world.
SCIENCE TALK SCHEDULE
Monday at 1 PM EDT - Why Are Museum Collections Important?
- Join us for a conversation with Museum Director, Eric Dorfman, and learn about the significance of the Museum’s collections of natural science specimens. From 1879 through today, the rich history of NCMNS collections gives us perspectives on nature in the past, the present and, most importantly, the future as we work to conserve the planet’s biodiversity. Watch here: https://youtu.be/91F22dr2O_s
Tuesday at Noon EDT - What is Ichthyology?
-Join us for this lunchtime program about the world of fishes! From freshwater to saltwater, there are more species of fish found in the world than in any other vertebrate group. Meet Research Curator Alex Dornburg and Collections Manager Gabriela Hogue and learn about the sheer diversity of this fascinating group of animals. Watch here: https://youtu.be/MCyGKpxWuPQ
Wednesday at Noon EDT - Malacology: Chasing the Wild Freshwater Mussel!
-Join in our conversation with Research Curator Art Bogan to discover some incredible facts about freshwater mussels. Acting as Mother Nature’s filtering system in rivers and lakes, these surprisingly charismatic, highly endangered and often overlooked creatures are sure to amaze you! Watch here: https://youtu.be/JKWg3GR8wS0
Thursday at Noon EDT - Feathered Friends: Learn about Ornithology.
-The Museum’s collection of bird specimens hails from the 1800’s and resides 44 feet below ground, housed in specialty archival cabinetry. Join us for “Stories from the Underworld” as told by Brian O’Shea and John Gerwin, our staff ornithology research curators. Watch here: https://youtu.be/IlkbwdBXedU
Friday at Noon EDT - The Scaly and the Slimy: Meet the Reptiles and Amphibians.
-Join us for a conversation with Research Curator Bryan Stuart to learn about the history and research going on with several North Carolina species in the NCMNS collection, including the endangered coral snake and a new species of two-lined salamander! Watch here: https://youtu.be/5SM12MNRGaE