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Biodiversity Summer

Carnegie Museum of Natural History focuses on Biodiversity in 2002 with programs for adults and children

Open your eyes to everyday environmental emergencies

Biodiversity 911: Saving Life on Earth

June 1 through September 3, 2002

This visitor-friendly introduction to a global subject answers the questions: what is biodiversity, why is it declining? and how can we help protect it?  The innovative activities of Biodiversity 911 are fun for the family, and an educational breakthrough on this worldwide concern.

In Biodiversity Theater we meet lovable characters like the shrimp, whale or rhinoceros (all endangered species) in an emergency room asking for the help of a live-action doctor.  Thus you find out about biodiversity issues such as habitat loss, pollution and overfishing

Then, in six interactive areas based on characters from the show, you explore exhibits such as a colorful crawl through coral reef, a giant temperate forest tree, and what is alive in a larger-than-life clump of soil. At the scrolling tree area, visitors discover the incredible diversity of life in a rain forest. In the marine diversity area, kids can play a computer fishing game and shop for fish in an interactive  "Day at the Market."                        

The "Difference of One" computer kiosk helps you identify the personal changes anyone can make to help protect the Earth's incredible diversity—from the local to the global scale. The "Wild World" computer kiosk shows you how scientists study biodiversity around the world. And within the exhibition, a music video by the popular environmental singer/songwriter Billy B. encourages movement and interaction, while exposing younger visitors to key ideas in biodiversity.

Developed by World Wildlife Fund and designed by Jeff Kennedy  Associates, Inc., with a creative film by Academy-Award winning  Aardman.

Powdermill Nature Reserve:  BioForay 2002

June  8  through 11

Powdermill Nature Reserve is holding its first BioForay on four days in June, from Saturday June 8 through Tuesday June 11.  The public is invited to the opening and closing activities on June 8 and 11, while on June 9-10 scientists are in the field conducting species surveys.

A "BioForay" emphasizes scientific thoroughness by taking several days to survey select species of plants and animals in a given area.  In contrast, the "BioBlitz," is an Olympic race with the clock to see how many different species in a select area can be identified in 24 hours.   The BioForay will add to the database of  environmental information by finding out interesting local details about particular groups in their chosen habitat. .

While Powdermill is famous for its year-round bird-banding records, this BioForay is the first time the public has been invited to share the activities of a full-scale biological survey.  This year about 120 acres of the 2,200-acre research station will be surveyed, and future years will cover different areas.

The Powdermill education staff is seeking amateur naturalists and hobbyists to volunteer as research assistants.  On the first and last days,  museum experts in entomology, mammalogy, botany, birds, amphibians and reptiles and invertebrates will show the public what they do, and why. 

For more information about activities, and to volunteer, call Theresa Gay Rohall, Coordinator of Education at  724.593.6105.   Powdermill Nature Reserve, in the Laurel Highlands at Rector, PA is about an hour and 15 minute drive east of Pittsburgh, north from the Donegal exit of the Pennsylvania turnpike.

Wendell E. Wilson receives the 2001 Carnegie Mineralogical Award

The publisher and editor-in-chief of The Mineralogical Record, Wendell E. Wilson, PhD, received the Carnegie Mineralogical Award at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February.  The annual award was presented by Bill DeWalt, Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, representing the museum's long-standing commitment to honoring the best in contributions to specimen mineralogy.

The section head of Hillman Hall of Minerals & Gems, Marc Wilson, noted that The Mineralogical Record sets a standard of excellence that challenges other periodicals around the world to raise their standards, and specifically the standards of Wendell E. Wilson.  This year Wendell Wilson celebrated his 25th year with the publication.  He is also famous in the mineralogical field for his many books, his photography, and art works.

The Carnegie Mineralogical Award, supported by the Hillman Foundation, honors the outstanding contributions in mineralogical preservation, conservation, and education that match the ideals advanced in the museum’s Hillman Hall of Minerals & Gems.  

Voices of the Earth

May 1 - July 31, 2002

Hillman Hall of Minerals & Gems

If  Mother Nature wore jewelry she would adorn herself with the gems displayed in Voices of the Earth.  Designer Paula Crevoshay combines her artistry with that of ten leading North American lapidary artists to create pendants, brooches, and necklaces that celebrate biodiversity in an exciting collection of lapidary art.




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