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Putting the Fun in Fungi

Sunday Family Program by Anne Pringle

Sunday, October 14, 2:00 pm

Fungi are a part of what you eat (bread) and breathe (spores), and enzymes isolated from the fungi even make our clothes brighter when we do laundry. Come for an informative Sunday afternoon and learn about mushrooms and molds.


Learning about Biodiversity!

A Bilingual Sunday Family Program with Brian Farrell and Irina Ferreras

sunday, november 4, 2:00 pm & 3:15 pm

Beetles, ants, and other insects are everywhere, from the Boston Harbor Islands to the Caribbean! But why, and what, makes them so important to the health of our planet? Join us for an English and Spanish presentation about biodiversity, with a special focus on insects of the Dominican Republic.

¡Descubriendo la Biodiversidad!

Un programa Bilingüe de la Familia con Brian Farrell y Irina Ferreras

El domingo el 4 de noviembre de 2007
Dos repiten los programas ofrecieron en 2:00 y 3:15 pm

¡Los escarabajos, las hormigas, y otros insectos por todas partes—de las Islas del Puerto de Boston al Caribe! ¿Pero por qué, y lo que los hacen tan importante a la salud de nuestro planeta? Unanos para un inglés y presentación española acerca de la biodiversidad—con un foco especial en insectos de la República Dominicana.


Leaves of Change: Fall Colors and the Science of Tree Growth

Sunday Family Program by John O'Keefe

Sunday, September 23, 2007, 2:00 pm

Each fall season brings an explosion of colorful leaves. John O'Keefe of the Fisher Museum at the Harvard Forest will discuss how these changes occur, what tree rings reveal about a tree's history, and what climate change might mean for our forests.


Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion

Sunday Family Program by Loree Griffin Burns

Sunday, November 18, 2007, 2:00 pm

For years, oceanographers have used drifting objects to study ocean movement. Join author Loree Griffin Burns as she tells the story of real scientists who track the trash spilled into the ocean, from sneakers to rubber ducks that have drifted thousands of miles from the Pacific Ocean across the Arctic and into the Atlantic.


Mammals in Winter: Survival and Adaptation

Sunday Family Program by Mark Omura

Sunday, december 9, 2007, 2:00 pm

Join Mark Omura, curatorial assistant of Mammalogy at Harvard, and explore how some of our local northeastern mammals use a variety of strategies to cope with the cold winter months. Examine an array of real mammal specimens from Harvard’s famous collections for a closer look at their amazing adaptations.


Facets of Mount Auburn: Birding

Panel discussion by Wayne Petersen, Scott Weidensaul, and Norman Smith
Cosponsored by Mount Auburn Cemetery and Massachusetts Audubon Society.

April 24, 6:00 pm

Mount Auburn Cemetery is one of the major sites in the country for birders. Moderator Wayne R. Petersen, Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and panelists Scott Weidensaul, natural history writer, and Norman Smith, Massachusetts Audubon Society, will discuss the pleasure, art and science of birding.


Rare Bird

DVD screening

June 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 2:00 pm

Rare Bird (2006, Afflare Films) is a true story of a 15-year-old boy who helped rediscover the cahow, a bird believed extinct. This “against all odds” story about a struggle for survival takes a dramatic turn when the bird faces a greater threat—global warming.


Drawing Upon Nature: Studies for the Blaschkas’ Glass Models

Lecture and booksigning by Susan Rossi-Wilcox

June 3, 2:00 pm

Based on drawings made during his field studies Rudolph Blaschka created  312 of the botanical models in the famous Ware Collection of Glass Models at Harvard. Curatorial Associate and Administrator of the Glass Flowers, Susan Rossi-Wilcox, will discuss his reference drawings featured in the new book, Drawing Upon Nature: Studies for the Blaschkas' Glass Models (co-written with David Whitehouse, director of the Corning Museum of Glass).


Lessons from Tropical Rainforests: Science for Sustaining Biodiversity

Lecture by Peter Ashton

Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 pm

More than half Earth’s biodiversity is confined to the tropics, and three quarters of that is in lowland rainforests, some of which are already reduced to fragments. Harvard Professor and Japan Prize winner Peter Ashton presents new insights into how biodiversity is sustained and their implications for policies and management.


Author's Event with Kim Todd

Lecture and booksigning by Kim Todd

Saturday, October 6, 12 noon

Science and environmental writer Kim Todd will discuss her book Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis. This biography tells the story of the Dutch woman artist, explorer, and naturalist who sailed from Amsterdam to South America in 1699 to study and document insect metamorphosis.


A Place To Call Home: The Ecology and Evolution of Birds’ Nests and Eggs

Exhibition opening lecture by Scott Edwards

May 17, 6:00 pm

Birds are among the most creative homebuilders in the animal world. Harvard’s Curator of Ornithology, Scott Edwards, will examine how the amazing diversity of birds' nests and eggs evolved and is finely tuned to avian life history, and how our understanding of the reproductive cycle of birds is crucial to conserving endangered species.


Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion

Lecture and booksigning by Anita Sanchez

June 14, 6:00 pm

Author Anita Sanchez will discuss the ecology of the dandelion and how humans have spread this ubiquitous plant species to areas far beyond its natural range.

Watch this lecture on WGBH Forum Network


Green Machines: The Photosynthetic Origins of Food, Fiber, and Fuel

Lecture by Michele Holbrook

Thursday, November 15, 6:00 pm

Harvard Professor of Forestry and plant physiologist Michele Holbrook provides an introduction to the evolutionary history and biochemistry of photosynthesis as an entree to a broader discussion of plants as a source of liquid fuels.


Ethnobotany: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Medicine

Lecture by Michael Balick

Tuesday, October 30, 6:00 pm

Ethnobotanist Dr. Michael Balik will discuss his latest work with indigenous peoples in Belize and Micronesia to document their plant knowledge, understand the environmental effects of their traditional management systems, and their efforts towards conserving both culture and environment.


Looking at Animals

Exhibition gallery talks with photographer Henry Horenstein

Friday, September 28, 3:00 pm

Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am

Photographer, teacher, and author Henry Horenstein will discuss the vision and process behind his unique style of photography. Printed in rich sepia, Horenstein’s haunting, close-up images of land and sea creatures are intimate and provocative.


On the Verge of Extinction: Saving Iran's Cheetahs

Lecture by Luke Hunter

Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 pm

Biologist Luke Hunter has tracked the highly endangered Asiatic cheetah in Iran and jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal, and he’s part of an effort to develop a comprehensive plan to conserve the snow leopard throughout its range. Cosponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society.


The Death of Environmentalism and the Politics of Possibility

Lecture by authors Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger

Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 pm

 In their new book, Break Through, political strategists Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger articulate a new ethos for environmentalists, focused not on ecological limits but on the potential for mankind’s ingenuity.


Carl Linnaeus: A 300-Year Legacy

Systema Naturae Display

Tuesday, november 6

For one day only, the museum will exhibit Carl Linnaeus' personal, annotated copy of Systema Naturae, one of the most celebrated books in the history of science. Published in 1735, Systema Naturae introduced the revolutionary classification system of Swedish naturalist Linnaeus.


Raising Tomorrow's Naturalists

Film screening and conversation with E. O. Wilson, T. Berry Brazelton, and Anna Marie Chen

monday, december 10, 7:30 pm

Join us for a 30-minute preview of film biography The Naturalist, a film biography of Edward O. Wilson, followed by a conversation with Wilson, Brazelton, and Chen about encouraging future generations to discover the natural world. Dr. Wilson is the Pellegrino Professor Emeritus at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Dr. Brazelton is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, at Harvard. Anna Marie Chen (Class of 2009) is an undergraduate at Harvard and President of the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduates Group.


Life in the Valley of Death

Lecture and booksigning by Alan Rabinowitz

monday, december 17, 6:00 pm

One of the greatest living biologists, Alan Rabinowitz recounts his most ambitious and dangerous adventure yet: the creation of the world’s largest tiger preserve deep in the forests of Myanmar (formerly Burma).