Sunday with a Scientist to explore Nebraska's unique animals

Sunday with a Scientist to explore Nebraska's unique animals

The University of Nebraska State Museum's October Sunday with a Scientist program will explore Nebraska's unique animal inhabitants, such as the porcupine.
Benjamin Reed | Courtesy photo
The University of Nebraska State Museum's October Sunday with a Scientist program will explore Nebraska's unique animal inhabitants, such as the porcupine.

The University of Nebraska State Museum's Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will explore Nebraska's unique animal inhabitants — from flying squirrels to burrowing owls — from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Morrill Hall, 645 N. 14th St.

Benjamin Reed, biological sciences graduate student, and other graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will help visitors discover the state's unique animals from big to small.

"I am really excited to be organizing this event that will highlight some of Nebraska's less iconic species that have amazing adaptations and behaviors that we'd see if we only took a moment to look," Reed said. "This Sunday with a Scientist event allows me and other University of Nebraska-Lincoln student colleagues the opportunity to share our research in a fun, informal way to the community."

Visitors can view displays and participate in hands-on activities to study animals up close. Children can learn more about flying squirrels and the physics of flight, use microscopes to study a species of fruit fly native to Nebraska and participate in activities focused on armadillos, quails, porcupines, beavers and more.

Sunday with a Scientist is a presentation series that highlights the work of scientists, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters share scientific information in a fun, informal way through demonstrations, activities or by conducting science on site. The presentations typically take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.

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