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BIRD EXTINCTIONS IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

Thursday, September 18, 6:00 pm
Ornithologist Helen James will take us to an archipelago that has been an epicenter for bird extinctions: the Hawaiian Islands. In this lecture, she will discuss her strategies for finding the remains of these extinct species, reconstruct the history of their demise, and highlight lessons that can be drawn from their story.

 
SAVING LEMURS FROM EXTINCTION

Thursday, October 2, 6:00 pm
Primatologist and MacArthur Fellow Patricia Chapple Wright, recipient of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize for her extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts, will discuss her work protecting the lemurs and ecosystems of Madagascar.

 
SEA CREATURES IN GLASS

Now on view!
Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the Glass Flowers, father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass into lifelike models of marine and terrestrial animals. The museum has just opened a permanent display of 60 models from the Museum of Comparative Zoology’s collection of 430 Blaschka invertebrate models. Along with Harvard’s Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants, these restored glass animals comprise the largest Blaschka collection on display in the world.