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Nature Night: The Importance of Museum Collections and Their Specimens

Join Cecily Bronson, Biology Teaching Lab Manager at Portland State University, for May’s Nature Night!The exhibits you see on display in Natural History Museums are just a small percentage of what they actually contain. There are rooms, even warehouses, filled with rows of metal cabinets and storage shelves that are packed full with meticulously organized animal skins and skeletons. It may appear as if these specimens are just gathering dust, but that is a misconception that is addressed in the book The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson.

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Uncovering the Hidden World of a Secretive Seabird

The Marbled Murrelet is a threatened seabird that inhabits Oregon’s coastal areas. Join Dr. Jim Rivers, lead scientist for the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project, to learn why murrelets are so unique, what it takes to locate active murrelet nests, and recent findings from the project.

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All Hands on Deck with Guests Governor Inslee & Cong. Blumenauer

Join us for a special evening as we discuss critical environmental issues with Professor Bill Ripple and special guests Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Congressman Earl Blumenauer. The event will include a presentation from Dr. Ripple and a public forum style Q&A session with Governor Inslee and Congressman Blumenauer.

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Nature Night: How Inmates Are Helping Revive an Endangered Oregon Butterfly

At this Nature Night, meet Oregon Zoo keeper Ronda Naseth, who has been entrenched in this conservation work alongside adults in custody at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility since 2017. Learn how the groundbreaking program at CCCF – the first of its kind dedicated to the rearing of the Oregon population of the Taylor’s Checkerspot, and the first butterfly conservation program to be housed in a medium security prison – came to be.

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Nature Night: The Inner Lives of Crows – Complex Behaviors, Funerals and Play

In this Nature Night, corvid expert Kaeli Swift, PhD will take you inside the lives of crows. Based on her years of research, Kaeli will share insights into their complex social structures, ability to problem-solve, use complex tools, recognize human faces, and even host funerals for their dead.

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Postponed: Nature Night, Centering Justice and Identity – Building Inclusive Scientific Communities for Our Shared Future

Sprinavasa Brown, co-founder of Camp ELSO Inc., has a deep passion for social justice, racial equity in education, and solving complex problems facing communities of color. Join us for Nature Night to learn how she and her team are breaking down barriers and decolonizing science to make the outdoors and environmental education more inclusive.

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